Wine Institute: 2016 California Wine Harvest Report Early, Normal Yield, Exquisite Quality

According to the Wine Institute (http://www.wineinstitute.org), The 2016 California winegrape harvest was early, with a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought.

It’s been a good season so far—the grapes are in great condition, showcasing spectacular flavors,” said Randy Ullom, winemaster at Kendall-Jackson Wines, with vineyards in Sonoma County and statewide.

Wine Institute Harvester

Wine Institute Harvester

Cathy Corison, owner/winemaker at Corison Winery in Napa Valley is equally pleased: “2016 was early, small and delicious. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cold nights—perfect for inky, complex wines. Measured in pace, it was also easy on the winemakers.”

The overall state crop was estimated to be near the historical average of 3.9 million tons by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in August 2016.

Anticipated El Niño rainfall was less than hoped for (eight inches) in Paso Robles, but still greater than the prior four vintages of drought, and appears to have had a positive effect on yields and quality in our Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in 2016,” said Jeff Meier, director of winemaking/president, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “Yield projections for 2016 were slightly below long-term averages, but most varieties are coming in at or above estimates—a welcome outcome for Paso Robles growers. Overall, the vintage of 2016 is delivering high quality, high color density Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler microclimates and fruit-intensive Rhone varietals.

In Lodi, Michael David Winery hit the halfway mark at the end of September. “The harvest pace was steady and extremely level with little peaks of chaos. Small heat spikes followed by fairly moderate weather pushed sugars up in vineyards where needed and then allowed time for growers and wineries to get fruit off in a timely manner, without major fruit breakdown or raisining. Fruit looks exceptional so far—probably the cleanest Zinfandel crop I have seen in some time. The wines are coming out beautifully, and it’s another fantastic harvest in Lodi,” said Adam Mettler, director of winemaking.

Here in Santa Barbara, we have seen another early harvest, and much of the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the last two weeks of August,” said Frank Ostini, owner/winemaker of Hitching Post Wines. “We had a very warm spring and early summer, but July and August brought cool nights and gentle warmth that allowed the medium-sized crop to mature perfectly—small berries in pristine condition. We are excited to be making some of our best-ever balanced wines with fine color and intensity.

The 2016 harvest in Sonoma County looks a lot like the 2015 harvest,” said Ryan Decker, winegrower at Rodney Strong Vineyards. “We started early, we will finish early, and the winemakers are very excited with what they are seeing in the fermenters. One of the main differences— a welcome one—was the seven to 10-day break we had between the Pinot/Chardonnay harvest and the Merlot/Cabernet harvest. This year we had some unseasonably cool temperatures in mid-September that put the brakes on harvest, albeit temporarily, allowing us to free up some tank space. The yields are down just a bit from the long-term average, but wine quality looks to be stellar.

Another high quality California vintage is great news for wine consumers here and abroad who continue to drive sales of Golden State wines to record levels,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch. “With California wine’s economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state economy and $114 billion annually to the U.S. economy, it’s also excellent news for our state and nation which benefit from jobs, tax revenue, hospitality, tourism and community enhancement.”

Read more vintner quotes from 14 California wine regions.

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Wet Seal to Open 13 Pop-Up Stores for the Holiday Season

The Wet Seal, LLC, a specialty retailer of young women’s contemporary fashion, announced today that it will open 13 pop-up locations during the 2016 holiday season at GGP regional shopping centers throughout the U.S.Wet Seal Holiday 2016

We see an opportunity for additional brick and mortar locations during the peak holiday season,” said Wet Seal CEO, Melanie Cox. “Customers have reached out to request the return of Wet Seal stores to their local areas, and we are pleased that we are able to meet that need.

The Wet Seal pop-ups will open at the following locations:

  • Tucson Mall- Tucson, AZ
  • Altamonte Mall- Altamonte, FL
  • North Point Mall- Alpharetta, GA
  • Cumberland Mall- Atlanta, GA
  • Perimeter Mall- Atlanta, GA
  • Peachtree Mall- Columbus, GA
  • Northbrook Court- Northbrook, IL
  • Rivertown Crossings- Grandville, MI
  • Woodbridge Center- Woodbridge, NJ
  • Sooner Mall- Norman, OK
  • Quail Springs Mall- Oklahoma City, OK
  • Park City Center- Lancaster, PA
  • Northtown Mall- Spokane, WA

The temporary locations are slated to open simultaneously on Thursday, November 3, 2016. The Wet Seal, LLC and GGP have entered into this venture in response to a need for additional retail locations in anticipation of the busy holiday season. The stores will range from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet and will offer contemporary fashion and holiday gift giving items, all at a great value.

We are focused on curating our shopping centers with the retailers that our customers want,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP. “Brick and mortar plays a significant role in the holiday-shopping experience, and through its pop-ups, GGP is excited to bring the Wet Seal brand to new communities.”

The Wet Seal, LLC is an Irvine, California-based specialty retailer of young contemporary women’s apparel and accessories. With over 160 stores in the United States and a sizeable ecommerce presence, Wet Seal offers trend-focused young women the opportunity to purchase the latest styles at attainable prices. Since the founding of the company in 1962, the Wet Seal brand has been synonymous with the casual-chic Southern California lifestyle. The same effortless style is reflected in its brand offering today. To find out more, visit www.wetseal.com.

Kipling Launches Holiday 2016 Collection

Kipling USA’s 2016 Holiday Collection reveals an ongoing evolution through refreshed aesthetic.

Kipling North America, a division of VF Sportswear, Inc., is excited to announce the launch of its Holiday Collection this October.

Kipling USA celebrates feminine festivity this holiday season, introducing a new approach to the creative direction and elevated designs. Armed with a 360° Holiday campaign and fashion influencer Olivia Culpo as the face of it, the brand dives into the refreshed vision of Nina Flood – newly named President of Kipling North America in June. In tandem with this new leadership, the 2016 Holiday collection will mark Christine Lee‘s second season with the brand as its Head Designer, North America. Lee brings with her years of experience and a pioneering vision for the brand’s aesthetic. Continuing to experiment with fabrics and treatments, Kipling’s 2016 Holiday Collection promises luxe textures, brilliant hues, and famed functionality.

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Kipling USA’s 2016 Holiday Collection reveals an ongoing evolution through refreshed aesthetic.

Founded in 1987 in Belgium, Kipling crafts lightweight handbags, luggage and accessories with a playful approach. Through innovative and contemporary designs, Kipling combines quality, function and style, creating the ideal accessory for an active lifestyle. Kipling established itself as a global brand by pioneering the use of its trademark crinkle nylon in expressive colors and patterns.

Inspired by the seasons festivity, the 2016 Holiday Collectioncelebrates femininity, adding luxe touches to everyday functional styles“, Lee, explains. At the forefront of the collection sits a plethora of styles in metallic treated nylon. Ranging in shades of champagne and platinum to rose gold, the metallic bags and accessories mimic the brand’s classic features in function, and exude holiday festivity. Complimentary to the metallic, the collection will debut two new styles, the Paola backpack and Frieda cropped-cross-body. Plush to the touch, velvet styles feature golden hardware and sateen straps, offered in midnight black, emerald green and dusty rose pink.

The campaign images feature Culpo Making Spirits Bright by attending festive parties, wrapping presents and interacting with the brand’s newest collection. Culpo will also be highlighted in the brand’s 360° campaign through filmed moments of her holiday season happenings as she shares festive outfit ideas and DIY tips.

Kipling set its sights on Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe, as the face of the brand this season, who with her infectious energy has made a name for herself in the world of fashion and entertainment. An up-and-coming fashion influencer in her own right, she has created a substantial platform in both the modeling and fashion/media industry. Guest-hosting for E! Entertainment and gracing the cover of fashion magazines are among her recent successes.

North America President, Nina Flood comments, “We are thrilled to welcome Olivia to the Kipling family. Her endearing, genuine personality is further complimented by a style that is both playful and sophisticated, aligning with the spirit of our brand.

The Kipling Holiday 2016 Collection will offer a complete range of styles available November 2nd on Kipling-USA.com, Kipling retail stores, and select department stores nationwide.

Kipling has headquarters in New York, N.Y. and Antwerp, Belgium, is distributed in more than 80 countries and is available in more than 5,000 stores globally. Kipling has 10 full-price retail locations in the US and is sold in Macy’s department stores and specialty stores nationwide. www.kipling-usa.com