Tag Archives: San Joaquin Valley

• The Real Reasons Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck Is So Cheap

The Real Reasons Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck Is So Cheap

Trader Joe’s wine is remarkably cheap. A bottle of the grocery store’s most popular wine brand, Charles Shaw, sells for less than $3. Also known as “Two-Buck Chuck,” Charles Shaw wine comes in multiple red and white varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. The wine’s low price has attracted some criticism. Critics have called […]

• California Wineries on High Alert as Dry Summer Looms

California Wineries on High Alert as Dry Summer Looms

Three months after a drought state of emergency was declared in California, things have steadied temporarily for grape growers, but there is still a long way to go in the season. “Although we have had some rain, and things have improved a bit, we are still on high alert,” said Steve McIntyre, president and founder […]

• California Wine Grapes Savor Great 2013 Finish

California Wine Grapes Savor Great 2013 Finish

Here is something to savor amid all the grim news about drought: The state’s wine grape growers had a record harvest last year, a boon for consumers and for one of the Modesto area’s top industries. The crop came in at 4.23 million tons, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported this week. It […]

• California vintners, regulators agree on diluted rules for wine regions

California vintners, regulators agree on diluted rules for wine regions

California winemakers have successfully pruned some labeling regulations they feared could hurt business, following a long behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign.After being pressed by everyone from the Paso Robles, Calif., mayor to California’s congressional delegation, Treasury Department officials on Thursday updated the rules for designating viticultural areas. They stopped short of what officials once proposed. “The changes […]

• California Central Valley Grapes Spur Increased Demand

California Central Valley Grapes Spur Increased Demand

California forum offers optimism for winegrape growers in San Joaquin Valley. Steady growth in sales of value-priced wines are a positive sign for Central Valley winegrape growers, who were encouraged last week to increase planted acreage with key grape varieties to meet projected demand for the next 20 years. lndustry experts brought the welcome message […]

• How the American wine media portrays the 2010 harvest is critical

How the American wine media portrays the 2010 harvest is critical

I had the chance to meet with two pretty impressive wine minds this morning and an interesting topic emerged: How will the wine media in America portray the 2010 harvest/vintage in California/Napa/Sonoma?

Will they take the proper perspective, talk to numerous vintners and growers, take account of the different pace of ripenng for different varieties and give a balanced perspective?

Or will they undertake to paint with a brush so broad that upon speaking with one grower who described a difficult time or after looking only at one variety in one region or after tasting 4 two-month old barrel samples that don’t provide enough power decide the entire vintage is a bust?