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09/01/14

The total more than doubled the record-breaking 2013 total of almost $1.5 Million. More than 700 guests from across the country gathered with vintners and growers to raise record-breaking funds for a multitude of Sonoma County charities.

09/01/14

An African dance troupe, with Djembe and Dunum drums beating, created a colorful backdrop for a record-breaking afternoon of bidding at Sunday's Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. Spiraling bids climbed to $4 million, nearly tripling last year's take of $1.5 million

09/01/14

The bills, if Governor Jerry Brown signs them, would designate local agencies to write sustainable groundwater management plans. The local agency could be a single water district, or a coalition of water agencies and county officials, all connected to a groundwater basin. Many of these governing bodies have already been established, as a result of 2009 legislation that encouraged areas to set up a groundwater tracking program. The program was not mandatory.

09/01/14

The new legal framework not only empowers local control of groundwater, it sets out another requirement: When localities fail to manage their aquifers sustainably, the state can step in. Water managers in 126 of more than 500 groundwater basins - the ones designated high or medium priority - must develop groundwater-management plans by 2020 or give way to the state

09/01/14

The two-hour ceremony, held yesterday (1 September) around the harvesters' room and the chateau's central square, was overseen by local Pauillac priest Father Bruno Delmas

09/01/14

"Life is strange, but I have gotten all types of opportunities since I left."

09/01/14

Napa Valley's roughly 500 wineries still are compiling financial estimates for the quake's impact, spokeswoman Cate Conniff of the Napa Valley Vintners trade group said. The most commonly reported damage was the fallen stacks of wine barrels. The barrels each hold the equivalent of 25 cases of wine. At some wineries and wine-storage centers after the quake, spilled wine from broken barrels pooled over workers' feet and ran under doors to puddle on streets and sidewalks.

09/01/14

The wine is flowing, grapes are being picked and Napa Valley vineyards are open for business, but it could take most of this week before the real victims of last week's earthquake - small specialty wineries - finish tallying their damages.

09/01/14

The repercussions of the Napa earthquake may go beyond toppled barrel rooms and a disrupted tourist season. It may also affect the style and taste of the smaller winemakers' wines

09/01/14

more than 100 wineries have reported earthquake damage, according to Napa Valley Vintners, a local trade association. But they've maintained a low profile

09/01/14

A 3.2-magnitude aftershock was one of two small temblors to hit Napa Valley on Sunday, one week after a 6.0 earthquake caused widespread damage around Napa and Vallejo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

09/01/14

After they started doing the testing, they said, no, don't bolt them, the tanks will tear apart. Put them on a stand so that the tank has the capacity to roll with the earthquake. The good news was, our stacks of barrels were able to go with the roll. It looks like that didn't happen in Napa.

09/01/14

Due in part to a dampened outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline in July.

09/01/14

Bordeaux chateaux look set to ease the pain of a weather-blighted 2013 growing season by reporting a much larger harvest this year, officials have said

09/01/14

High-end chains such as PF Chang's and Fleming's Steakhouse are inarguably popular. But how are their wine lists? And do any have a real, live sommelier?

09/01/14

will make a $100,000 donation to the Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) Community Disaster Relief Fund

09/01/14

Yarrow has turned his attention to print, marrying his eye for design and penchant for poetic writing into a 150-page hardcover coffee table book that celebrates the singular flavors and aromas found in wine

09/01/14

Tension has escalated between winemakers in Germany's Mosel region and the organisers of a major rally race after two cars crashed through vineyards on the eve of harvest

09/01/14

Kennewick Irrigation District worked out a few of the bugs in the new system to bring Yakima River water to prime wine grape growing land on Red Mountain near Benton City

09/01/14

County estimates Napa wine industry faces $48 million economic cost

09/01/14

"an important step forward in bringing regulatory coherence in the international wine trade."

09/01/14

The annual auction has grown almost exponentially over the last three years, after the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance partnered with the Sonoma County Vintners for a combined fundraising campaign that fills an entire weekend with wine and food events, culminating in the Sunday auction

09/01/14

Since 1914, farmers have considered water rights as part and parcel of property rights, and considered unlimited pumping their due