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04/18/14
'Napa Crossroads' - a musical love letter
David Pack joined forces with talented musicians and songwriters from five prominent valley wineries to create "Napa Crossroads," a recorded collection of original music that will be celebrated in a benefit performance at City Winery on April 28. He calls the CD "my love letter to Napa Valley."
04/18/14
Opinion: Dianne Feinstein's California water bill flows to the money
Water flows uphill ... toward money. That's as true now as it was the first time it was uttered by some now unknown cynic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is proving it
04/18/14
Paso Robles Council approves $800,000 to design recycled water system
The first phase would be construction of a recycled water production facilities at the wastewater treatment plant and approximately the first mile of pipeline, Monn says. Subsequent phases would extend water delivery with a pipe system
04/18/14
Water and drought a key topic at Vineyard Economics Seminar
Karen Ross, secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture, will be one of the speakers at the 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar taking place on Wednesday, May 14, at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa
04/17/14
Harvard investors buying up local vineyards
With the California wine market on a cyclical upswing, Harvard Management Company, the Boston-based investment shop for Harvard University's $33 billion endowment, is quietly assembling a Central Coast vineyard play, reports Farmland Investor Center.
04/17/14
Drought declared in California's Imperial County
The USDA has declared Imperial County in California as a primary disaster area because of drought. The April 9 designation makes farmers in Imperial County and in contiguous counties ­- Riverside and San Diego counties in California and La Paz and Yuma counties in Arizona - eligible for natural disaster assistance, according to a USDA news release.
04/17/14
The Prosperous Drought: 2013 Vintage Report
When you think of drought, images of abundance and teeming life rarely follow. But Mother Nature has a tendency to make up the rules as she goes along. Every vintage of Santa Barbara County wine manages to keep the watchful vigneron on his or her proverbial toes. And quite emphatically, the harvest of 2013 was no exception. Here's what to expect in the wines to come, including those that we are featuring at Les Marchands' second annual wine futures tasting this Saturday, April 19.
04/17/14
St. Helena Planning Commission reviews Merryvale project
Commissioners praised some aspects of the project, but said Merryvale should do more traffic studies, work with neighbors on a construction schedule, and provide more details about the project, including plans to build a series of fountains outside the winery.
04/17/14
St. Helena committee rejects olive trees on Madrona Avenue
Neighbors complained the new trees, which would have been planted in between existing olive trees, would further reduce their views of the vineyards and hurt their property values. They claimed the owner of the vineyard property, James Healy, has a history of planting trees up against their lots.
04/17/14
Water storage key element sought in water bonds
There are several water bonds being considered by the California Legislature, and one key factor being considered in all of them is a provision for infrastructure development, including new storage. Other critical provisions include drinking water quality, water supply for disadvantaged communities, Delta environmental sustainability projects, and regional water management projects and strategies.
04/17/14
New tasting room comes to Calistoga
Romeo Vineyards and Cellars gives visitors good reason to explore the full length of Lincoln Avenue and try out its newly opened tasting room located steps from the Calistoga Library.
04/17/14
Galante Vineyards Tasting Room 10th Anniversary Celebration
Galante Vineyards announced the 10th anniversary of opening their wine tasting room in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. Join them for an anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festive afternoon will feature a very special tasting of Library Wines, hors d' oeuvres, as well as other special surprises.
04/17/14
Judges overturn rulings on Sacramento River contracts
Under a 1964 agreement, the irrigation districts - known as the Settlement Contractors - are collectively entitled to annually divert 2.2 million acre-feet of water from the Sacramento River in all but the driest years. That is enough to supply 4.4 million households
04/17/14
California Grape Acreage increases 7.4 percent, National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA says
California's 2013 grape acreage totaled 878,000 acres, up from 847,000 acres the year before. Of the total grape acreage last year, 820,000 were bearing while 58,000 were non-bearing.
04/17/14
'Napa Crossroads' - a musical love letter
the first musical collaboration between Pack and one of the winemakers inspired the eventual format of the album
04/16/14
Winery plans expansion into downtown Galt
A small winery owned by long-time Galt-area farmers Richard and Janis Barsetti Gray plans to expand into downtown Galt if the city's council gives its approval. It would be the first wine tasting room in Galt in the last several years. Earlier this month the Galt Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow wine tasting in Galt's downtown area, clearing the way for the Barsetti Vineyards' proposed tasting room to open, pending approval for wine tasting in the downtown from Galt City Council, which is expected to take up the issue at its May 6 meeting.
04/16/14
Sonoma State Cellars Uncorks Third Annual Release
Established in 2009, Sonoma State Cellars is composed of graduate students who learn more about the business side of wine by managing and marketing a wine product. The winery partners sell the wine through their respective bonds, and proceeds go back into the Wine Business Institute to support the Sonoma State Cellars program.
04/16/14
Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Name Rancho Cielo as Charity Partner for Gala
The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, an alliance of the appellation's winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the district's world-class grapes, announced today that Rancho Cielo will be the group's official charity partner for this year's SLH Gala.
04/16/14
Paso Robles CAB Collective to Bring 20 World-Class Sommeliers and Wine Buyers to Paso Wine Country April 22 - 24 for First-ever CAB Camp
Three days of immersive education designed to orient attendees to award-winning Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals.
04/16/14
Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2014 Hangover Observations
Another year of the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival passed this weekend in Pebble Beach, California. But, before we turn the page on the 2014 edition, here are some final thoughts on the weekend that was from Eater LA associate editor Matthew Kang
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