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Keswick Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve awarded 2016 Governor’s Cup

Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded the 2016 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to Keswick Vineyards for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve.

Virginia wine sales reach new record high in fiscal year 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Tuesday that sales of Virginia wine continued their pattern of growth during fiscal year 2015 and reached another record level, increasing by almost two percent from fiscal year 2014.

Environmental/ethical/spiritual costs of Northern California wine industry

I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.

Wine and Water Watch challenges Northern California wine empire

Activists objecting to the over-growth of the wine/hospitality industry in rural areas of four Northern California counties have met monthly for half a year.


Grapes vs. Eggs: Sonoma County’s Goliath vs. David story

“Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers.

California’s North Coast wine industry: How sustainable is it?

Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democrat and in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West.

California winemaker herbicide spraying upsets parents, neighbors

Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this agrarian theme.

Barren Ridge Vineyards: May 2015 events

May 9th: Barren Ridge Vineyards is offering a Mother’s Day weekend special of a glass of wine and a 10-minute chair massage (by a certified massage therapist) for only $10.

Big Wine fails to dry farm during California’s relentless drought

Big Wine is not a good neighbor willing to share common resources, like water, land, and air. Instead, they hoard them and get away with it, partly because of substantial donations to politicians.

Rural rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village of Jenner is a popular recreational destination, pleasure was not the intention.

Water or wine? California drought and water competition

A 25% reduction of water use over the next year is required of California residents, golf courses, cemeteries, and many businesses. But wait. “Owners of large farms…will not fall under the 25% guideline.”

Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival set for April 11-12 in Waynesboro

The 15th annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on April 11-12 in Waynesboro is largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country to offer on-stream instruction.

Virginians planting, harvesting more wine grapes

Virginia’s 2014 commercial wine grape harvest was more than 17 percent larger than that of 2013 with 8,039 tons, up from 6,862 tons. The 2014 harvest is second only to the 2009 harvest of more than 8,600 tons.

Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia wine grape harvest increases 17%

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia 2014 wine grape harvest increased just over 17 percent from the previous year’s harvest with 8,039 tons, up from 6,862 tons, according to the new production report.

Monticello Wine Trail wines boast stellar performance in 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition

The wines of the Monticello Wine Trail again turned in a stellar performance in the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition.

Sour grapes in Wine Country: Intense challenges to wineries erupt

Many grape-growers and smaller wineries continue to follow regulations and not over-build. They are a credit to agricultural and rural communities.

Virginia Tech study says workforce center could boost Loudoun County wine industry

A workforce education center would give a needed boost to the wine industry in Loudoun County, near Washington, D.C., a Virginia Tech study confirms.


History-rich craft ciders are in demand

Apples are delicious for snacks, pies, applesauce and, once again, for drinking. While alcoholic cider production is still a niche market, the rise in U.S. sales has been tremendous.

The Greenbrier unveils second annual Discovery Series

To kick off the new year, The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is launching its second annual Discovery Series, a collection of 10 themed weekends meant to elevate the senses, uncover hidden passions and cultivate the palate.

Upcoming events at Barren Ridge Vineyards

Join Barren Ridge Vineyards for complementary live music every Friday and Saturday night from 5:00-7:30 pm! The one exception to the calendar is the third Friday of every month, when we host Sunsets in the Vineyard or Firelight Friday.