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04/10/14
The Politics of Drought: California Water Interests Prime the Pump in Washington
As is true with many issues in Washington, money is part of the fight. As Bay Area Rep. George Miller, a Democrat, says, "You can make water run uphill if you have enough money."
04/09/14
Oliver's Markets Presents the Taste of Sonoma
Oliver's Markets takes its partnership with local vendors to the streets during the 4th Annual Taste of Sonoma, a showcase of North Bay farms, food producers, wineries, breweries, non-profits and more. The event will be held in the parking lot of its Cotati location from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on April 26 (weather permitting).
04/09/14
Domaine Carneros CEO Eileen Crane still seeking perfection (w/video)
Crane was hired in 1987 to build Domaine Carneros from the ground up. She had fresh experience with this kind of colossal endeavor by heading the construction of Sonoma's Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in 1984.
04/09/14
Jackson Family to invest in Europe/partners with IMW
California-based Jackson Family Wines is looking to buy more properties in Europe and will be the only New World sponsor at this May's Master of Wine symposium in Italy.
04/09/14
B.R. Cohn: Still making music after 40 years of Cabernet and rock 'n' roll
Rock 'n' roll and silken Cabernets weave a lasting tapestry at the highly regarded B.R. Cohn Winery near Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley. For 40 years and running, owner Bruce Cohn has managed the Doobie Brothers and led a successful winery at the same time - and shared all his musical love at local charity concerts. Finally, he is addressing his personal life and cutting back to one job - managing the Doobie Brothers who are releasing a new album in May - and handing the winery reins to his oldest son, Dan.
04/09/14
Cakebread wine and Napa popular in restaurants
At an average price of about $86 a bottle, Cakebread Cellars tops the list of most popular wines sold in restaurants across the U.S. Jordan Vineyard, Duckhorn, Sonoma-Cutrer and Silver Oak round out the top five.
04/09/14
Water report: Napa Valley aquifer is slowly recharging
Gauging groundwater health in the hillsides would have to be done on a property-by-property basis
04/09/14
Banks: Water at top of list in making ag loans
Planning farm plantings and water schedules can be difficult or impossible, depending on the crop and where the farm is located. Farmers without well water will likely fallow most row crops, but they must do what they can to keep tree crops alive
04/08/14
Startup Weekend Wine Country Coming to Napa in May
Here's how it works: On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will offer feedback and prizes, including memberships in mentorship programs at Napa Valley College, all of which are targeted to help teams build their startups after the weekend.
04/08/14
Wine Briefs: SSU pilots videoconference wine classes
Also:Sonoma Wine Country Weekend distributes record $1 million-plus to nonprofits
04/08/14
Copia hotel proposal sought to revitalize site
Plans are moving ahead at a cautious pace in the review process for a proposed boutique five-story, 200-room Copia Hotel and other improvements to be built adjacent to the former Copia wine, food and arts center at 500 First St. This 80,000 square foot cultural facility built on 17 acres adjacent to the Napa River, was shuttered in 2008 following lengthy bankruptcy proceedings.
04/08/14
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Embarks On Major Renovation Project
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce it has embarked on a major renovation project at the winery's Spring Valley Home Ranch, located just outside of St. Helena, Napa Valley. Designed in 1973 by renowned architect John Marsh Davis, the historic redwood Joseph Phelps winery perched on a hillside above estate vineyards will be under renovation through Spring 2015.
04/08/14
Sonoma's film fest winners
The Sonoma International Film Festival's 17th edition "came to a rousing close" Sunday night following five days that featured capacity audiences for a wide variety of films from around the world. "This has been an extraordinary year," said SIFF Executive Director Kevin McNeely. "We are energized by the talent we've seen by both emerging and established filmmakers and we've enjoyed introducing them to our vibrant community."
04/08/14
Cabrillo College revives popular wine program
School enrollment dips, despite adding classes
04/07/14
Winery Accountant Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzling $300K from Employer
A Lake County woman pleaded not guilty today to embezzling more than $300,000 from a winery, a Napa County prosecutor said. Xandria Roxanne Neal, 44, of Hidden Valley Lake, is charged with 29 counts of embezzlement for incidents occurring between September 2011 and January 2014, Deputy District Attorney Holly Quate said.
04/07/14
Napa Valley Festival del Sole Celebrates Culture, Cuisine, Wine and Wellness July 11-20, 2014
Napa Valley Festival del Sole (www.festivaldelsole.org) returns for its ninth season, July 11-20, 2014. One of the country's most compelling summer celebrations, the 10-day festival features world-class classical music, jazz, opera and ballet along with curated culinary, wine and wellness adventures that celebrate the art of life.
04/07/14
Few frills at friendly family Wine Tree Farm in Amador County
while the winery building debuted in 2009, the tasting room just opened last May and remains a work in progress. Yet, who cares about glitz when tastings are complimentary, and led by such a friendly, share-all-their-secrets team?
04/07/14
Droughts in California are nothing new, expert says
While California is enduring one of the worst droughts in its history, drought in the Golden State isn't new, an expert says. The state has endured dry periods that lasted longer than a century, and the past 150 years have actually been wetter than normal.
04/07/14
Bay Delta Conservation Plan fails to secure water supplies
The California Department of Water Resources released the joint state and federal Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment through April 14. Though the goals of the plan are to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and to secure California water supplies, the plan fails to secure California water supplies.
04/07/14
Boy killed, restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn hurt in Carneros crash
Cindy Pawlcyn, 58, a longtime restaurant owner in St. Helena, was a passenger in the Lexus SUV that crashed, according to Paulson. She was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to the Queen along with her husband, John Watanabe, 66, of St. Helena, who was driving
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