EUGENE, Ore. -- Typically this time of year local vineyards are filled with pickers harvesting their grapes. However, the harvest is delayed because of this year's odd weather.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) "I'd like a crystal ball though. It would be handy," said Mark Nichol, Sweet Cheeks Wine Maker.
Cabernet Shiraz India The end of September usually marks the beginning of harvest, but local wineries haven't even started.
, one of the world’s largest wine companies and operator of several North Coast wineries, last week unveiled a solar-electricity project at four California wineries — including Clos du Bois and Ravenswood – expected to be one of the largest such projects for the wine industry when completed by the end of this year.
Chenin Blanc The multimillion-dollar project will include 17,000 solar panels producing a total of 3.95 megawatts of direct-current power, according to Greg Fowler, senior vice president of operations. It is estimated to provide all the annual power needs for Estancia in Monterey County and Ravenswood in Sonoma, 75 percent of consumption at Clos du Bois in Geyserville and 60 percent of the Gonzalez winery in the city by the same name. The Gonzalez project was completed last year.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) The project was paid for in part via federal and state incentives. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides a 30 percent tax incentive for solar projects this year. The California Solar Initiative provides significant energy rate incentives for solar energy projects through Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
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Organisers say the new Wairarapa Wine Cellar, based in Greytown's historic library, will open on October 1.
Sauvignon Blanc Up to 13 wineries are involved from Gladstone and north of Masterton, including Johner, Fairmont and Urlar Estates and Gladstone Vineyards.
Chenin Blanc One of the shareholders, Paddy Borthwick, of Borthwick Vineyard, said the region's central and northern wineries needed to lift their profile because they were off the beaten track.
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Jeannette Good, left, and Eric Boyd sample a wine from the KnobHall Winery during the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll CountyFarm Museum Saturday.
Rosé 37 Maryland wineries will be servingsamples of their wines. Admission includes a souvenir wine glassand unlimited sampling and access to continuous live entertainment,food vendors, craft vendors, wine-making demonstrations, wineappreciation seminars, tours of the farmhouse and more.
Sauvignon Blanc Cost: General admission for adults 21 and olderis $25, designated driver admission is $20, children ages 7 to 20are $5 and children 6 and younger are free.
PAUL VIGNA, The Patriot-News Maryland's Dejon Vineyards will hold the latest in its Saturday night concerts tonight.
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Rosé * Dejon Vineyards in Hydes, Md., will hold another Saturday night concert from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight. Music, food by Maggitti’s, plus wine made by one of the state's newest wineries. Bring your own chairs and blankets as preferred, and your children. Sugarland will provide the music. Also on their calendar are Wine-Up Wednesday on Sept. 22 and Cigar Night on Oct. 1. For more, call 443.592.1287.
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