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Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Growing Grapes, Family, and Community in Sonoma County
John and Terri Balletto planted their first vineyard in the mid-nineties on a 35 acre lot in Sebastopol (now part of the potential Sebastopol Hills AVA) where they were also building their home. Back then, they were vegetable farmers, but the hill did not have enough water to grow produce, so with the advice of family friend Warren Dutton (Dutton Ranch), they planted 20 acres of Pinot, 10 of Chardonny, and 5 of Pinot Gris.
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May is Oregon Wine Month and we’re so excited, we’re starting two days early.
Oregon Wine Month festivities kick off Apr. 29 with the Yamhill-Carlton Spring Tasting, followed by Cellar 503’s Pour Oregon on Apr. 30. Both tasting events feature dozens of wineries from around the state and are part of 14 collaborative events happening in May.
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Women of the Vine & Spirits is a membership-based alliance that empowers and equips women worldwide to advance their careers in the alcohol beverage industry.
Women of the Vine & Spirits offers education, advocacy, training, mentorship, networking and steadfast support for women at every position in the field, particularly through the annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium.
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Taste Washington Wine Month in March is an annual celebration of Washington State’s award winning industry. Check out the promotions happening at participating restaurants, wine shops, winery tasting rooms, and hotels below.
Or, click on the Calendar to see what’s happening today or any day in March.
And don’t forget, the culmination of Taste Washington Wine Month is Taste Washington – happening over four days, March 23-March 26, 2017. Buy tickets or find a list of participating wineries, restaurants and exhibitors at tastewashington.org
WINE ENTHUSIAST-2016 NOMINEE FOR WINE REGION OF THE YEAR: PROVENCE
Just as harvest is getting underway in the region, Wine Enthusiast has named Provence, France as a nominee for Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year. This marks the second nomination for the region, represented by Wines of Provence. Known for setting the gold standard for rosé wine where it has been produced for 26 centuries, Provence is the birthplace of France’s first wine and the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé wine.
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The Franzia Brothers Winery – the oldest in Ripon – was reopened after Prohibition when matriarch Teresa (Carrara) made a monumental decision with her sons at her side underneath a walnut tree outside their rural home. She went to the Bank of Italy in Stockton where she applied for a loan to start the family winery once again while her husband Giuseppe was away on a trip.
NINER WINE ESTATES BECOMES FIRST SIP-CERTIFIED WINERY IN CALIFORNIA!
Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles is the first winery in California to be SIP Certified under an expansion of the sustainability program for vineyards and wines. Find Out More
Standing for “Sustainability in Practice,” the new winery certification examines several winery operation factors, including energy efficiency, water use, glass and paper recycling, social equity and financial sustainability.
CELEBRATING OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY!
Bronco Wine Company Ground Breaking 1974. Capacity; 100 million gallons & Growing. Locations throughout California; Ceres, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley Escalon, Madera. 45,000 Plus Acres Under Vine; Largest vineyard holder in California. We engage in sustainable viticulture practices.
A CALIFORNIA LEGEND CRISS-CROSSES THE NATION TO MEET, GREET, & EAT WITH TRADE PARTNERS.
Vallejo (Val) Haraszthy, founder and winemaker at Sonoma’s Haraszthy Family Cellars, will spend the better part of this year driving a 1951 Willys Jeep around the country. He pulls behind him a trailer with Weber grills and spends his days meeting with—and cooking for—the distributors and retailers throughout the country that sell his wines, racking up thousands of miles along the way. Read full article.
BRONCO WINE COMPANY EARNS ZERO WASTE GOLD FACILITY CERTIFICATION FROM THE U.S. ZERO WASTE BUSINESS COUNCIL. Press Release.
Ceres, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2016) — Bronco Wine Company, one of the largest wineries and the largest vineyard owner in the United States, unveiled today that it has received the prestigious Zero Waste Gold Facility certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC). During its national sales meeting, the certification was presented to Bronco Wine Company’s Ceres, Calif. facility today. Certification Announcement.