Tag Archives: North Coast

• Wine Prices Inch Back Up

Wine Prices Inch Back Up

After years of enjoying discounts on fine wines, consumers are finding prices have begun to inch back up. They can partly blame themselves. Feeling slightly more confident about the economy, wine drinkers who traded down from mid-priced varietals during the recession are increasingly willing to pay $20 or more per bottle, according to a new […]

• The Unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates

The Unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates

The unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates, the Healdsburg company that once owned Geyser Peak, is a cautionary tale of the dangers of leveraged buyouts, a reminder of the critical role that distributors play in the wine business, and an example of how hard wineries can fall when the economy slows. Ascentia was formed in 2008, […]

• You ready for this? Wine in a pouch?

You ready for this? Wine in a pouch?

If you’re nostalgic for those fun Capri Sun pouches you sipped as a kid, you might be interested in the new package wine package vintners are trying out in an effort to be eco-friendly. Indulge Wines, headquartered in Buellton (Santa Barbara County), California, recently rolled out two 1.5L wines packaged in an “Astrapouch”: a 2009 […]

• Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

The Sonoma County grape crush fell 10.7 percent last year, a significant blow to the local economy but far less than the 20 percent drop many had predicted. Still, the combination of falling grape prices and a smaller harvest in 2010 cost Sonoma County growers $88.4 million last year, according to a preliminary government report […]

• Sonoma: Mediation Now Available For Wine Industry Disputes

Sonoma: Mediation Now Available For Wine Industry Disputes

With reduced demand and prices for North Coast winegrapes—and a spreading rash of winery defaults, foreclosures and bankruptcies unsettling the business—”The last couple of years have been a challenging time for grapegrowers, wineries and other small businesses in the wine industry. In tough times, you end up with more disputes,” according to Richard Keenan of […]

• Kosta Browne & Littorai: Killer pinot in two distinct styles

Kosta Browne & Littorai: Killer pinot in two distinct styles

Like many of the best wineries in Sonoma, both Kosta Browne and Littorai lie hidden behind unmarked gates where only those with appointments get a pass code to unlock the entry. Both are among the most coveted producers of pinot noir in America, able to extract the essence of famously delicate grapes that thrive in […]

• Winegrape growers worry about late crop

Winegrape growers worry about late crop

Sporadic rain over North and Central California last weekend didn’t do any significant damage to this season’s winegrape crop, but reminded growers there could be serious weather problems ahead because of the slow grape development. Growers surveyed in the Central Valley, North Coast and Central Coast indicate winegrapes—depending on the region—are anywhere from two weeks […]