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European Grapevine Moth

While this blog is oriented to the delights of Suisun Valley, some times it must take a serious bent to cover threatening issues. The European Grapevine Moth represents one of those times. Found in Napa’s Oakville District last harvest for the first time in the United States, this invasive pest is a real threat to grape growing and wine. The vineyard owner of the first identified...

Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association ...

Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) Experiences a Metamorphosis in Name…to… Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association (SVVGA) When the Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) was formed in 2003 as a wine grape coalition, it had two main goals: To advance awareness of the Suisun Valley American Viticultural Area, established in 1982. To be ...

Farewell to 2009

2009 has indeed been an interesting and uncertain year. For Suisun Valley grape growers and wineries there have been plenty of ups and downs. Starting a new year in the cusp of, likely, the worst recession most of us have experienced is never a good start, but yet that was how we entered the 09 vintage. It was hard to see the true difficulities during the Unified Symposium in...

Dec 29th Anniversary Winemaker Dinner

As we begin to approach the holiday season it is certainly time to market the calendar for Dec 29th. That evening the third annual Anniversary Winemaker Dinner is on tap, held again the the Clubhouse at Rancho Solano. This dinner and valley wide pouring first and foremost recognizes the 27th anniversary of the approval of the Suisun Valley AVA back in 1982. A lot has happened since...

Luck of the Price Point

The upper end of the wine buiness has been rocked by the current recession. The issue is based upon backed up case goods stalled in wharehouse due to lack of depletions at retail and on site sellers. It clearly has a price point trigger as commodity wines selling at or under $10 are moving well. The middle ground for higher quality wines that can find price acceptance appears to live...

Evolution of an AVA

It has been a common road followed by many wine growing regions that organize to promote their area; a growers association is formed by grape growers, wineries evole making wines of the region, the growers association expands to formally include the vintners. Suisun Valley is now moving through that transition. During the summer of 2009 changes within Suisun Valley Grape Growers...

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