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04/14/14
Grape dealer Agajanian Vineyards Inc sues over fruit quality
A grape n├ęgociant is suing the owners of an Oak Knoll vineyard for more than $180,000 in damages and lost profits over the quality of fruit from the 2013 harvest, according to court records
04/14/14
New Northern California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Is Off And Running
Dani M. Lightle is now working as the new Orchard Systems farm advisor based in Glenn County
04/14/14
California lawmakers consider bills to allow tasting in colleges, farmers markets
"From our perspective, the desire to have AB 1989 passed is to ensure that we are doing our best to prepare our students for successful careers in the wine industry," said Dr. James Kennedy, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at California State University, Fresno
04/11/14
Truett-Hurst, Inc. Announces Supply Agreement with Ecologic Brands For PaperBoy Wine Bottles
Building upon its growth strategy, Truett-Hurst's three-year supply agreement (with a potential two year extension) with Ecologic demonstrates the progress the company has made in developing its downstream manufacturing supply channels over the past year.
04/11/14
Chloe Asseo joins family business at L'Aventure
The adventure continues at L'Aventure Winery as Chloe Asseo, daughter of owners Stephan and Beatrice Asseo, joins the family business as the new sales, marketing and communications director. Chloe is one of three siblings and is bringing an innovative touch of French flair to the business.
04/11/14
Former Sonoma Valley Bank executives, developer arrested on multiple federal charges
The criminal indictment alleges that Mr. Madjlessi, former bank CEO Sean Cutting, former senior vice president Brian Melland and attorney David Lonich conspired to falsify Mr. Madjelessi's financial condition in order to finance development of an apartment complex in Santa Rosa. Charges include conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements to a bank, false bank entries and attempted obstruction of justice, according to the office of Ms. Haag.
04/11/14
No water for ag despite recent Calif. storms
State and federal water agencies unveiled a comprehensive drought management plan for California on April 9 but didn't increase allocations for agriculture. They said new allocations could be made in the next couple of weeks, but added many demands exist for a water supply that is still historically scarce.
04/11/14
St. Helena council approves residential project by CIA
On Tuesday, the St. Helena City Council approved a residential project north of the Culinary Institute of America.
04/11/14
Lake County Wine Alliance announces 2014 Wine Auction beneficiaries
Five high schools, eight youth-oriented programs and 10 other Lake County nonprofit organizations have been selected as beneficiaries of this year's Lake County Wine Auction
04/11/14
No water for ag despite recent Calif. storms
Despite more late-season storms in California, state and federal water planners weren't ready April 9 to start sending water to farms without senior water rights
04/10/14
1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Crafted by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich Named to Smithsonian's "101 Objects That Made America"
The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich that was the champion of the 1976 Paris Tasting is part of the exhibit selected by the Smithsonian Institute as one of "101 Objects That Made America." Chosen from 137 million artifacts in the Smithsonian collection, the 1973 Chardonnay is joined by other iconic American objects such as Abraham Lincoln's hat, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.
04/10/14
Paso Robles wines featured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Adelaida Cellars, Castoro Cellars, Cypher Winery, Hope Family Wines, Jada Vineyard, and Lone Madrone wines will be featured exclusively at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 10, at Barclay's Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
04/10/14
Water management tops wine grape challenges
"No one in the valley has any surplus water this year," says Mendocino County grape grower Zac Robinson. "We'll have to get by with whatever we have in our ponds."
04/10/14
Grgich partners with James Beard Foundation to fund scholarship
"We wanted to share my dad's success and legacy in a meaningful way and The James Beard Foundation's mission and educational pursuits resonate strongly with us" said Violet Grgich, daughter and vice president of operations.
04/10/14
Central Coast wineries report good quality and strong yields in 2013 crop
With a hand from Mother Nature, Central Coast wine-grape growers had a good crush last year, helping the state reach a record high harvest and bringing top-notch fruit to wineries eager to ease pent-up demand for California wines. Although many North County growers reported about average to slightly above-average yields per acre in 2013, it was a "nice crop year with good quality," said Dana Merrill, owner of Mesa Vineyard Management and Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery in Templeton.
04/10/14
Japanese group hosted for Experience Napa Valley
Throughout the program, sommeliers, educators, media, retailers and hotel and restaurant professionals from Japan will interact with winemakers and principals from more than 50 NVV member wineries and will taste nearly 100 different Napa Valley wines.
04/10/14
Lodi Wine Stroll hops on the Easter bandwagon
Those who attend this Saturday's Lodi Wine Stroll are encouraged to wear their favorite Easter outfits, hats and bonnets while they traverse School Street and sample the area's finest wines.
04/10/14
What's On My Desk: HALL Wines Owner Kathryn Walt Hall
This week we've featured the desk of Kathryn Walt Hall, the proprietor of HALL Wines. Hall has been involved in the California wine industry since her family first purchased a vineyard 30 years ago. She has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist, and most recently, as the United States Ambassador to Austria under President Clinton.
04/10/14
Feds Order California Water Transfers Stopped
Broken Pumps and Dead Fish Throw Wrench in the Works
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