Monthly Archives: April 2010

Important Wine/Grape Projects to Receive Funding

     The American Vineyard Foundation has received 78 funding requests for projects ranging from mealybug control to microbiomics, and is now deliberating on how to allocate more than $1 million in available research funds among these grant requests.

     The mission of the AVF is to raise funds that address grape and wine industry research priorities, helping keep American viticulture and enology at the forefront of the world of wine.

      Following comprehensive viticulture and enology surveys sent to more than 3,000 industry members, the AVF identified…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Benziger's 'Green' Initiatives Recognized

     Many companies look for “something green” to do for Earth Day, but Sonoma County’s Benziger Family Winery is making a sustained commitment to healthy living with new eco-friendly packaging, carbon reductions through’s program, and assistance to the farm worker community.

      Benziger has launched an “eco-friendly” packaging initiative that includes lighter bottles and new labels. The new bottles weigh 30 percent less than a traditional wine bottle, which amounts to 289,600 pounds of glass saved per year, as well as the resources required to ship that weight.

     The new labeling not only reflects a new look for the Benziger Family Winery line of wines, but uses…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

New Labels to Debut at 'Highlands' Tasting

     In addition to more than 20 well-known and established Santa Lucia Highlands brands, three new labels will be making their public debut at the 4th annual S.L.H. Gala tasting on the afternoon of Saturday, May 15 at Hahn Estates.

     If you’re not familiar with the Santa Lucia Highlands area of Monterey County, we should tell you that it’s one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.

     The appellation encompasses more than 5,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, all heavily influenced by…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

It's the Water… and a Lot More

     Many of the famous chateaux of Bordeaux look pretty much the same from a distance. But not Chateau Latour.

     The Latour estate is defined, architecturally, by its iconic tower. Built between 1620 and 1630, it was constructed to serve as a pigeon house. A different tower once graced the property, in a different location. The Saint-Maubert Tower, as it was known, was built during the 14th century, but historical records proffer more questions than answers about its ultimate fate.

     Located in the famous Medoc wine region, about 40 kilometers northwest of the city of Bordeaux, the vineyard of Chateau Latour belongs to the Pauillac appellation. The quality of its wine is…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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