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04/16/14
Summertime in a Glass to Launch Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc Campaign
This is the first in a series of regional profiles that spotlight Sauvignon Blanc in a given region. Summertime in a Glass (SIAG) is an advocacy and information group that seeks to promote, educate and entertain wine enthusiasts and the industry itself on the world of Sauvignon Blanc.
04/16/14
State Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross set to join Wine Industry Leaders at Vineyard Economics Seminar
The Wine Industry Symposium Group has announced the program for the 19th Annual Vineyard Economics Seminar set for Wednesday, May 14 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa, California. The seminar will feature a dynamic line-up of wine and agriculture leaders including Karen Ross, Secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture. Speakers will present information, share ideas and discuss some of the hottest vineyard and wine business topics including the drought, water issues, the bulk wine business and land use.
04/16/14
Digging Into Groundwater in Paso Vineyards
While the entire state deals with drought, vineyards and other agriculture businesses in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County face a steeper uphill battle over groundwater in the ebbing Paso Robles basin. Wine industry stakeholders are divided and seeking legal remedies ranging from an injunction against a county moratorium on new water use to a bill that would create a California Water District.
04/16/14
Planned Yountville Hill Winery draws protest
A proposed 100,000-gallon winery on Yountville Hill has attracted strong opposition from some neighbors who say it will be ill-suited and precedent-setting for the Napa Valley, although proponents call the winery appropriately sized. It would be a two-story, glass-enclosed winery, which is seeking approval for up to 285 visitors day and would be reached by a winding driveway with parking lots accessible from Highway 29.
04/16/14
Napa's Unsung Whites
Although the second most planted grape variety in Napa is Chardonnay-and the region is famous for it-Napa's white wines have often been knocked as lacking the fruit and vibrancy found in wines grown in cooler areas. And yet, these whites have a distinguished history. In the years following the repeal of Prohibition, Napa Valley Sémillon, Sylvaner, Folle Blanche, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and many others, including Chardonnay, were esteemed on restaurant wine lists.
04/16/14
CA Drought plan omits allocations for farm water
The 156-page plan, prepared jointly by state and federal agencies, addresses federal Central Valley Project and State Water Project operations, and spells out detailed approaches to balancing fisheries, habitat and human requirements in the event of a fourth dry year in 2015.
04/15/14
Manteca plant to add jobs with new deal
Ecologic Brand Inc. expects to quickly add a second work shift to its paper-bottle manufacturing operation in Manteca and further expand to a third by year's end as a result of a new contract to supply containers for the Paper Boy brand of wines. Officials of the Oakland-based container company said Friday that the deal means additional jobs at their 60,000-square-foot Manteca plant but are not yet sure how many openings will result.
04/15/14
Dennis Carroll to Speak at Sonoma State's Annual Spring Mixer on April 17
This year the keynote speaker for the Spring Mixer will be Dennis Carroll. Carroll designed and developed the successful brand portfolio for Purple Wine Company and also built Sonoma Wine Company from a single facility to the full wine contract service business it is today.
04/15/14
Photos: Lodi Wine Stroll
Downtown Lodi hosted the annual Lodi Wine Stroll on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
04/15/14
Sonoma Co. business activity beats U.S. average
Sonoma County's purchasing trends index was 68.65 - a number above 50 indicates growth - beating a national average of 53.2, according to the winter Business Confidence Survey and Report released Monday by the Economic Development Board. It marks the third year that Sonoma County has beat the national average since 2007.
04/15/14
Plans for Califonrnia wine museum in Santa Rosa take shape
Organizers for a planned 15,000-square-foot wine museum are busily reaching out to potential wine industry supporters as demolition work gets started to convert its future home downtown into a five-story office building.
04/15/14
Calif. Extension events to mark service's centennial
The University of California Cooperative Extension will celebrate the 100th anniversary of agricultural extension services nationwide on May 8 by holding open houses at many UCCE offices and by inviting Californians to take part in an online data-gathering experiment.
04/15/14
Early start for Sonora grapes will assure promotable volumes for Memorial Day and Fourth of July
Virtually every year retailers can count on having Sonora spring grapes available in good supplies for the Fourth of July pull. Memorial Day, however, is generally another story. While some grapes from Mexico are usually in the market by Memorial Day, there is rarely sufficient volume for promotions in the period approaching that holiday
04/15/14
For Better Bargains, Try Lesser Known Grapes
When I'm looking for an interesting wine at a bargain price - and at tax time, who isn't? - I often have better luck with imports. Places like Spain, lesser-known parts of Italy, southern France and South America can be treasure troves for bargain hunters. But some of those wines can also be a challenge to find on store shelves
04/15/14
Culinary Stars to Transform Napa Valley's Bounty at Annual Auction Event - Press Release
Napa Valley Vintners announces stellar line-up of home-grown talent and world-renowned chefs for Auction Napa Valley 2014
04/14/14
Derby Wine Estates opens with ribbon cutting
Newly-renovated historic Paso Robles building now boasts wine tasting room, VIP tower room, and processing & storage facility
04/14/14
Diving Into the Wine Rush of El Dorado Wine Country
. This saturated group of new growers and owners is contagious and beautiful. Upon entering all of the modern tasting rooms throughout the region you cannot help but feel positive energy and excitement for an advantageous ideology toward great wine. Be an adventurist and explore a decadent wine region that will revitalize your knowledge of bold and exceptional wines
04/14/14
Merced Irrigation District working on water deal with state
Irrigation officials will consider a potential deal with state water officials that could give Merced growers a little more water for their crops this year and help the irrigation district partially close a projected $10 million budget gap
04/14/14
California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom
The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands
04/14/14
Planned Yountville Hill Winery draws protest
A proposed 100,000-gallon winery on Yountville Hill has attracted strong opposition from some neighbors ...
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