UC Davis is upgrading, becoming the posterchild of winery sustainability. The winery runs on solar power, and newly installed fermenting tanks will soon connect to a water-recycling system capable of reusing 90 percent of the water used to clean equipment.
Lodi Vintners bottles for local wine makers, but it also makes several gallons of wine for multiple Napa wineries. Owner and vice president of operations, Tyson Rippey, lives in Napa and has another family winery there. Rippey said the earthquake damage to Napa’s wineries is bad. His family’s winery was spared, but a Sonoma storage facility lost wine after tanks leaked.
With California in the grips of severe drought, Napa Valley wine grape growers say some vines are ripening early and that farmers are planning fewer crops to save water
The wine business is booming in Lodi but now there could be a crackdown on the celebrations. After more than a year of debate, the wine region could be hit with a moratorium on winery events.
The San Joaquin County Farm Bureau agrees, saying, many of those new businesses don’t produce a drop of wine, but are using the winery name to sell events, organizing loud concerts in normally quiet rural communities.
People braved hot temperatures for one of the area’s most-anticipated events. Thousands turned out for the annual Grape Escape in downtown Sacramento.
Some wineries in Lodi will not be allowed to host weddings and other big events, and Lodi winemakers are calling it poor planning.
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