Gabrielle Harris and Sage Hill Vineyards received International recognition for two of their wines at the 2015 International Decanter Awards. Sage Hill is the first vineyard from the Malibu area to receive recognition from this international competition with more than 15,000 wines from around the world being entered. Read More at Malibu Surfside News
Los Angeles County Supervisors approve ordinance prohibiting Vineyard expansion
Late Friday Supervisor Sheila Kuehl added Item 53-B to the June 16th Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting as an interim urgency ordinance temporarily prohibiting the establishment or expansion of vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Community Standards District. (Read the motion)
California continues to experience record setting drought conditions. Some people may think this would have a negative impact on the wine grape harvest. Au contraire! Vine thrive when stressed out – in fact many of California’s best vintages are grown in years of little rain. Check out this CBS This Morning Video
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The Supervisor for the 3rd District is attempting to carry on the legacy of her predecessor, Zev Yaroslavsky, and virtually eliminate all forms of agriculture from the Santa Monica Mountains. She has chosen to attack vineyards because she know it is the preferred crop of land owners in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Wish Vineyards Wins Gold!
Wish Vineyards has racked up an impressive win for their 2012 Merlot from the Malibu Coast AVA. Owners, Susan and Bill Hayes, received a Gold Medal and a 94 point rating in the US Bordeaux Varietals 2016 Competition from the Beverage Testing Institute. Wish Vineyards produces three Bordeaux varietals Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Meritage blend. To learn more about Wish Vineyards wines please visit their website at www.wishvineyards.com
Forbes Magazine recently recognized the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the wines that are produced in the region. Author Tom Mullen writes the Malibu Coast AVA “is intriguingly reminiscent of the French wine region of Burgundy”. To read the full story click the link below.
Forbes: The Precious and the Limited
A new web based application recently released is helping Malibu Coast Grape Growers conserve water. The iPhone app measures plant water stress.
Tule Technologies novel evapotranspiration sensor technology provides growers with field- scale measurements of plant water use and plant water stress. Take a picture with your phone and get the leaf water potential immediately. Say goodbye to the pressure chamber. For more information visit www.tuletechnologies.com.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a new $10 million grant program requested by Supervisor Janice Hahn to help breweries and other small businesses that have remained closed or restricted by LA County health officer orders despite being allowed to open under the State’s health order.
Montage Vineyards strikes Gold!
Montage Vineyards recently received an esteemed Gold Medal Award for it’s Malibu Coast 2019 Rosé of Grenache at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is one of the largest wine competitions in the world with over 5,700 wines competing from more than 1,000 wineries.
April is Earth Month
April is when we celebrate Earth month and Earth Day each year on April 22nd. Earth Month is when we renew our commitment to sustainable farming. It is our responsibility to protect the earth by using best practices in our vineyards. Utilizing simple techniques like composting, drip irrigation and natural controls for vineyard pests we can help regenerate the quality of the earth’s soil, air, water and ensure our impact on the environment is minimal. You can get started today by taking the free 1 hour on-line Sustainable Winegrowing Ambassador Course at www.ambassador.discovercaliforniawines.com