To become Green Business certified, Scott Laboratories successfully brought all operations at their Petaluma facilities up to compliance with local environmental regulations. They also went beyond local compliance to meet the standards for the Sonoma Green Business Program.
The second-generation winemaker has taken a mom-and-pop operation that was barely visible in the 1990s and has not only turned it into a powerhouse, but he's also helped guide the Washington wine industry into a better direction.
The blooms, sometimes called blue-green algae, are caused by toxin-producing bacteria and often form a green paint-like scum on the surface of the water that can cause health problems for humans and can kill livestock.
Starting in 2012, Monterey County winemakers experienced a three-year economic boom, with above-average wine grape production and values, generating $247 million in 2014, the peak year. Last year, however, grapes dropped by 25 percent in value-to the lowest they've been since 2011-after heat and dry weather affected grape-growing areas.
A recent invitation to talk about how Napa Valley established its strong brand at a Midwestern wine marketing conference, License to Steal, also provided me a chance to visit a slice of wine country far removed from Napa - in many ways.
Customers touring a winery, brewery or distillery will be allowed to carry an open glass of liquor from one part of the facility to another, and will be able to buy liquor from the on-site store while dining in the restaurant.
Representatives of Kenwood Vineyards, which was bought by international wine and spirits giant Pernod Ricard in 2014, got off to a rocky start with the crowd when the winery's Vice President of Operations Jeremy Wright began the evening talking about winery efforts to improve the branding and marketing of Kenwood Vineyards wines