Tag Archives: Northern California

• This sucks. Dumb new proposed FDA rule has brewers in uproar

This sucks. Dumb new proposed FDA rule has brewers in uproar

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers’ blood boiling. Beer makers complain that the new rules, if adopted, would force them to dump millions of tons of “spent grains,” which are left over after barley, wheat and other grains are steeped […]

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

Last Minute Gift Guide! It’s Not Too Late!

            SUNGLASSES MADE FROM WINE BARRELS Woodzee makes sunglasses out of wood. In November, they’re teaming with Northern California’s Robert Mondavi Private Selection to offer glasses made of repurposed barrels, wine stains included. The wood is smooth and the aroma heavenly. They come in four different lenses but the same […]

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• Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

When winemakers crush the juice from grapes, what’s left is a goopy pile of seeds, stems and skins called pomace. Until several years ago, these remains were more than likely destined for the dump. “The pomace pile was one of the largest problems that the wine industry had with sustainability,” says Paul Novak, general manager […]

• 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 […]

• Bartenders Discover Weed Cocktails. Uh, Not What You Think.

Bartenders Discover Weed Cocktails. Uh, Not What You Think.

In a garden, weeds are the enemy–pesky, plant-choking invaders that are anything but wanted. Yes, that kind of weed. Beloved by enterprising cooks, these bitter greens can also add depth and herbaceous notes to spring cocktails. “I have fallen in nettles before when I was kid, and that is one thing you do not want […]

• Is this a good idea? Wine in cans…selling out

Is this a good idea? Wine in cans…selling out

Young Americans are developing a thirst for wine in cans, according to Ben Parsons, owner of Denver-based urban winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Local retailers have been selling out of Parsons’ US$6.99 Sparkling Black Muscat in a 250ml can, emblazoned with the brand’s eye-catching monkey logo. The British-born winemaker launched the can last July with […]

• N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

Grape growers are watching the weather reports with dread. The late-season downpour hitting Northern California is threatening to devastate this year’s grape crop, making it potentially the third weather event in the last four years to wreak havoc on vineyards. “It’s causing us a lot of frustration,” said Steve Hill, general manager of Durell Vineyard […]

• FedEx Launches New Temperature-Controlled Shipping For Wineries

FedEx Launches New Temperature-Controlled Shipping For Wineries

For years wineries have fretted about shipping wine during the warmer months and the potential for having it be damaged on the way. That situation may be changing as FedEx is creating an overnight temperature-controlled wine shipping solution for wineries in Northern California. Trucks that maintain a steady 55 degrees will be used to ship […]

• Texas Brewery Pays Off World Series Beer Bet

Texas Brewery Pays Off World Series Beer Bet

As the 2010 World Series ended, with San Francisco closer Brian Wilson striking out the Rangers Nelson Cruz to give the Giants the pennant, cheers erupted all over Northern California.  Outside of the champagne filled locker room though, there may have been no happier place in San Francisco than at 21st Amendment Brewery and Restaurant. […]

• Happy 30th Birthday Sierra Nevada!

Happy 30th Birthday Sierra Nevada!

If the topic is the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 30 years would barely be be counted by a small pebble or a few rings of growth on one of its giant sequoias. But, the topic here is the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and in the life of the U.S. craft brewing industry 30 years is huge. […]

• Hallelujah! Sierra Nevada Brewing & N. California Trappist monastery partner to make a new abbey ale

Hallelujah! Sierra Nevada Brewing & N. California Trappist monastery partner to make a new abbey ale

There’s an old saying that “Belgian beers are God’s gift to mankind.” It’s no idle boast. In Europe, especially in Germany and Belgium, beer and religion have been intertwined for centuries — and not just among the famous Trappists. Now, a new partnership between Sierra Nevada Brewing and a Northern California Trappist monastery is giving […]