The NVV is establishing the Fund with a lead pledge of $10 million and encourages other organizations and individuals to contribute. The NVV will partner with the Napa Valley Community Foundation to administer the disaster relief fund. The NVV and NVCF will closely coordinate efforts with other non-profit organizations and government entities to fulfill requests for support from Napa County residents and business owners
Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. The case, known as Alexander v. FedEx Ground, covers employees in California from 2000 - 2007. The ruling can be found on the Leonard Carder website at leonardcarder.com.
"The initial report in the hours after the quake was that we might have lost up to half of our 2013 vintage in barrels. As we sift through things, it's clear that estimate was not accurate, fortunately. It looks more like 10 or 15 percent. We are still assessing the extent of the damage."
With a mission to heal the earth through agriculture, Demeter USA once again hosts its popular Biodynamic Garden and Lounge with a full slate of speakers and panels at this year's 2014 National Heirloom Exposition.
Sutter Home Family Vineyards announced today the launch of the new "Text for Hope" program as part of its 13-year ongoing Sutter Home for Hope breast cancer awareness initiative. The program will launch on September 1, 2014 in preparation for National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and will run through December 31, 2014.
Kiley Evans returns to Southern Oregon winemaking by taking over the program at Ledger David Cellars in Central Point. Evans served as winemaker at Abacela and then Agate Ridge Vineyard while consulting with several other Pacific Northwest wineries before spending three years in North Carolina at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery.
While the full extent of damages to Napa County's wine and related businesses from Sunday's earthquake won't be known for days or weeks, county emergency-response officials have reached out to 164 local wineries and have heard from about half so far that their estimated damages top $38 million.
The new Municipal Code regulations, which were approved Tuesday and take effect immediately, ban water customers from using potable water to clean driveways and sidewalks, or to fill fountains that lack a recirculating system.
The weather this season has been friendly to Lake County wine grape growers, reports David Weiss. His company, Bella Vista Farming Company, LLC, based in Kelseyville, Calif., manages about 730 acres of wine grapes, primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon
Anyone who has visited the Napa Valley knows that this is a special place. Having lived here for three and a half years, I have come to learn first-hand what makes this place truly special: This valley is not about wine; it is about hospitality. It is about sharing the bounty of what we have - wine, food, our homes - with our friends, neighbors and people who come to visit.
Judging wine isn't as precise a process as you might imagine. I've long written about how context plays such a vital role in how we all perceive wine. But it's hard to imagine how it affects those who review wine for a living.
Oregon winemakers are looking at what happened during the recent earthquake in Napa because they know it could happen here, too. Like many of the Oregon vineyards, Rex Hill Winery in Newberg faces some unique challenges. The owners have an older building, which they improved to make it safer. And they have winery space built recently which is up to a tougher code for seismic safety.
Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about.
The Nova Scotia Wine Development Board will highlight opportunities, identify barriers and provide advice on legislation, regulation and policy development. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell will lead the board, which will also include representatives of the province's farm wineries, grape growers and support services.
Economic Development and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid extended an olive branch to the Prairie province, which is threatening to impose retaliatory trade barriers on Ontario if it doesn't scrap rules that give local companies a head start when bidding on infrastructure projects.
Brown-Forman has reported an underlying net sales increase of 3% to $921 million across its global business for its first quarter ended July 31, but saw growth in the U.S. slow owing to a particularly strong comparable period a year ago. Underlying operating income rose 7% to $221 million.
A town on the Utah-Arizona border largely controlled by Warren Jeffs' polygamous sect moved closer to opening its first commercial winery, a new venture and a signal of yet another lifestyle choice that separates the sect from mainstream Mormon teachings
The West has been suffering from a severe drought since 2013 and, in some cases, much longer than that. Conditions are particularly acute in California, where close to 60% of the state is experiencing "exceptional" drought after three years of below average rainfall