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With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines

One warm June morning a rumble began at Hudson Vineyards. Dull at first, the low automatic hum grew, pulsing louder and closer as Kelly MacLeod searched the rolling rows of the Carneros ranch for its ... read more

High Hopes as Napa Harvest Gathers Pace

Napa's 2017 vintage is looking good, and even drought worries and labor shortages couldn't dampen the optimism of growers ... due to timely vineyard work and weather. Early heat events resulted in ... read more

Markham Vineyards

The winery owns and leases four major vineyards in Calistoga, Yountville and Napa, totaling about 330 acres, and buys grapes from a wide range of growers ... warm afternoons -- 85 to 90 degrees -- ... read more

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Why Vineyards and Vines Look Different from One Another

As Bill Moore, who grows Zinfandel in Napa’s Coombsville AVA for Robert Biale Vineyards ... and Burgundy have up to 10,000 vines per hectare. Ambitious growers elsewhere tried to emulate this. Are ... read more


This year’s extreme weather had a serious effect on global wine

Then a scorching, record-breaking heat wave with temperatures up to 117° Fahrenheit (47.2° celcius) swept in and stuck around over Labor Day weekend, upending vintners’ expectations. In its wake, wine ... read more

Food Dude: Learning to love artichokes

Data is scarce, but the phrase ... A full canasta can weigh up to 100 pounds in the spring when the artichokes are at their heaviest. Once the canasta is full, the artichokes are taken to a field-pack ... read more

Vineyards brace for effects of drought, warm weather

January’s unseasonably warm weather is waking up ... by labor shortages to get the work done in a shortened time. The frost season, which typically runs through April, presents another problem for ... read more

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

“All the grapes were ripening at once," Wendy Cameron recalls of the harvest that was the wake-up call ... thing for grape growers and wine makers is uncertainty or large variation year to year. ... read more

An Urban's Rural View

One of the most labor-intensive crops -- asparagus -- they hardly grow at all anymore. Production has fallen nearly 75% since 2000, with Mexico picking up the slack. Raisin farmers, who've already ... read more

In the Finger Lakes, Devotion to Riesling Shows

No growers in their right minds (Napa has all too many sane types, sadly) plant riesling nowadays, not when cabernet pays so much better. To be fair, Napa and much of California is probably too warm . ... read more

A pressing matter — Olive oil thrives in Yolo County

Pam Marvel and Stuart Littell moved up here six years ago ... on the inside,” DelBondio said. Neighboring Napa and Sonoma counties lost substantial crop to the fruit flies last year, with some growers ... read more



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