Albertsons Companies Welcomes BloomCheck Certification

Albertsons Companies Welcomes BloomCheck Certification
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Albertsons recently added the BloomCheck certification program to its list of approved sustainability certification programs used to certify the plants, flowers and greens sold through their Debi Lilly line of floral products. BloomCheck provides retailers and their customers with a third-party certification that assures that farms are not

Lodi ‘Newcomers’ Making Their Mark at Klinker Brick

Originally published by Bob Highfill on October 2, 2018 at

Joseph Smith, left, and Chris Rivera comprise the winemaking team at Klinker Brick Winery.
Joseph Smith and Chris Rivera are the winemaking team at Lodi’s renowned Klinker Brick Winery.
Smith hails from the Caribbean nation of Belize, while Rivera’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico.
Smith has been Klinker

Holman Cellars pays homage to Lodi vineyards with natural style wines

Originally published on October 4, 2018 by Randy Caparoso at
As wineries go, the Napa based Holman Cellars is definitely small-fry – only about 1,200 cases a year, which is probably just right for owner/winemaker Jason Holman, who labors as a 1-man team. And because Mr. Holman is all about, as he puts it, “unique things,” at least 60% of


Originally published by Randy Caparoso on October 1, 2018 at
Cabernet Sauvignon has been the most popular varietal red wine in the American wine industry for longer than anyone can remember. Most certainly, it has been #1 ever since the days when sales of varietal wines began to overtake generic wines (such as “Burgundy” and “Chablis”) some time during the


Originally published on July 30, 2018 a
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Originally published by Randy Caparoso on July 16, 2018 at

Tempranillo is known by over a dozen synonyms in its native country of Spain. In Portugal’s Douro region, where it is used for Port, it is called Tinta Roriz. The name of the grape comes from the Spanish word temprano, for “early,” in reference to the fact


Originally published by Randy Caparoso on July 19, 2018 at
At the Lake County Sauvignon Blanc Experience event in May, the famous French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquotexplained that the name is derived from the French word sauvage; in reference to the grape’s tendency to grow wild or “untamed,” putting out a prolific amount of canes, leaves and fruit. While the

Can Flowers Really Be Eco-Friendly?

Originally published by Rachel Tepper Paley on February 13, 2018 at
While it may be fashionable to investigate the early childhood of your steak, when was the last time you probed your florist for the provenance of your peonies?
According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture figures, the U.S. produced $374 million in wholesale cut stems in

Israeli Wineries Pioneering Environmentalism, Social Change and Diplomacy

Originally published by Eliana Rudee on August 7, 2018 at

With the rise to prominence of Israeli wine in the last few decades, Israeli wineries have branded themselves through unique initiatives created at the nexus of the Start Up Nation and the ancient Jewish tradition of winemaking.
Each presented their wine to the public at the