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    October outlook warm, dry for Northwest wine industry

    Trium Wines in Talent, Ore., picks Cabernet Sauvignon from Pheasant Hill Vineyard on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo by Marilyn Hawkins/Hawkins and Company PR) The weather outlook for the first 10 days of October bodes well for the Pacific Northwest wine industry as many vineyards enter the home stretch of harvest and winemakers focus more of their attention on fermentations rather than crush.

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    The New Paso Robles AVA Jigsaw Puzzle: The Paso Robles wine region in California has gotten its wish – the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) regulation that divides much of the area into 11 distinct districts, effective in November of this year.

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      Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

      Nova Cadamatre - - 6 readers - Like a duck gliding slowly, wings spread wide, feet reaching for landing on a pond, we are slowly coming to the end of an extremely fast harvest. Last week we saw extreme temperatures. Extreme cold in the mid 40s and extreme heat in the mid 90s. I have seen some vineyards in Calistoga with frost damage at this point and that only reconfirms my belief that the season is coming to a close.

      Bulgarian wine to see surge of foreign investment

      Decanter - - 6 readers - Up to 11 new wineries will be established in Bulgaria by foreign investors over the new few years the country's official agency on winegrowing and winemaking has revealed. Vineyard near Biberna peak, near Kableshkovo, credit: Uroboros According to Krasimir Koev, executive director of the Bulgarian State Agency on Winegrowing and Winemaking (BSAWW), the proposed new ...

      Some execs are “worried,” but really, there’s nothing to worry about wine’s future

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 5 readers - Nobody asked, but here’s my two cents on “top Golden State vintners [express] concern about the future of the $23.1 billion industry, especially among the discerning millennial market.” That’s from Tuesday’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reported on “a UC Davis survey of 26 senior executives” in the state, and found that “Everyone was a little bit worried.

      Napa Valley Earthquake & Drought Help Deliver High Quality 2014 Wine Harvest

      Wine Oh TV - - 5 readers - Napa Valley Earthquake & Drought Help Deliver High Quality 2014 Wine Harvest 0 Napa, CA (October 9, 2014) – The 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest, the earliest since 2004, will wrap up next week, five to seven days earlier than previous years, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), who live-streamed its annual Harvest Press Conference, Thursday, October 9, from Moulds Fami.

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      Tasting history: a Harrison Hill vertical

      … didn’t in 2004. This exudes aromas and flavors of sage, dried thyme and Rainier cherry. On the palate, it’s still youthful, round and luscious, backed with impressive acidity, elegant tannins and a lengthy finish. DeLille Cellars 2005 Harrison Hill, Yakima Valley: Grown in a hot year that also witnessed a drought throughout the Columbia Valley…

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      Oct 15, Pyrenees Wine Region in Western Victoria

      … is a predominance of Shiraz as the variety of choice. This region is predominately to the north of Great Dividing Range. Dry autumns with cool nights make for ideal ripening conditions. Over the past few vintages drought has restricted production of some vineyards, and inhibited the development of new plantings. Use this box to find wine from the Pyrenees…

      4 readers - By Vinodiversity

      Bulgarian wine to see surge of foreign investment

      … as the chance to introduce new grape varieties that are more resistant to disease and drought, and higher yielding. He also added that this year’s grape harvest will be significantly lower than 2013 due to a wet summer. It is understood that permission has been given for local winemakers to chapitalise to increase the overall alcohol content…

      6 readers - By Decanter

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      … dodged drought worries this year, according to another report. Growers in Napa and Sonoma counties in California weighed in on the harvest here earlier this month. Costco Weighs In: An influential executive at the box store giant Costco discussed the state of the wine industry at the retail level with the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. There are some pretty interesting insights here. Interestingly for this Rose lover, those wines “performed well” this year, according to the article.…

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      Harvest 2014: Week 11 – The End…Almost

      …The end is near. Well the end of this harvest anyway. I has been the earliest harvest I have ever experienced. It has also been a very strange one with the rain during flowering, drought, earthquake, hail, more rain, heat, and this week even more rain which should put a cap on a very eventful harvest. We received our last Chardonnay on last Friday…

      3 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

      …, it’s hard to spot the vines, but easy to taste the terroir that makes this property unique. The prime area is only 6 miles from the ocean, and is planted in salty, ancient sandy loam – the result of ancient sea beds, and long term drought. This area of Santa Ynez gets very little fog in the morning, but a lot in the evening, lending a cooling…

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      Northwest wine industry keeps eye on Typhoon Vongfong

      … picking late-ripening grape varieties, but it should also provide a bit of relief for drought-stricken regions of Southern Oregon and Northern California. “Temperatures should cool noticeably from the conditions of the past couple of weeks,” Jones noted in his latest weather update. “Unsettled conditions Wednesday and Thursday will give way…

      4 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      An in-depth look at the 2014 vintage growing season and harvest

      … winegrowers to quickly face new irrigation challenges in order to maintain progressively dryer vineyards, thanks to continued drought. As of October 1, this year’s growing season marks the fourth-driest in Sonoma County’s history with only 17.84 inches of rain, landing close behind the mere 9.3 inches recorded in 1977, the driest season to date…

      3 readers - By The Jordan Journey

      2014 Cambria Scarecrow Festival

      …Although the California drought rages on, whimsy runs rampant along the Central Coast. Once again, the unconventional town of Cambria is hosting its annual month-long scarecrow festival in San Luis Obispo County, bringing out the kid in everyone. In its sixth year, hundreds of offbeat characters line Cambria's east and west village streets, front…

      1 readers - By Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO

      Paso Robles Water Wars: Can It Happen in Solano County?

      … as it is in Paso Robles, where the sight of dusty ridges suggest a crisis even more alarming that our third year of drought. The aquifer that feeds Paso Robles agriculture has declined dramatically and the expansion of vineyards is being blamed. The result? In the last two years, while wineries have converted 4,000 acres of range land into vineyards…

      2 readers - By dot-wine

      Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

      … extremely hard to extract what color and flavors are in the skins. Maybe that is a result of the drought. Maybe the skins are thicker and harder due to the lack of water. However, this was not the case last year which was also a drought year. Quality looks good. We are just having to work harder to keep it than in 2013. It also seems to be a year of slow…

      6 readers - By Nova Cadamatre