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05/05/15

A judge has dismissed a challenge to Sonoma County's approval of the controversial Paul Hobbs Winery vineyard project in Sebastopol, potentially ending a long-running legal dispute between the vintner known for his luxury wines and community activists who contend the 39-acre development poses serious environmental problems

05/05/15

WineBusiness.com has launched the North Coast Classifieds, a bi-weekly, regional classified listing, serving Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

05/05/15

Vintage Wine Estates President Pat Roney announced today several key marketing and winemaking promotions and a new appointment

05/05/15

Two knotty, leftover issues - an unauthorized underground winery cave entrance and proposed Bell Wine Cellars changes - await the Napa County Planning Commission

05/05/15

Restoration of quake-damaged Trefethen barn may be complete in a year

05/05/15

After a run of five months of extreme record warmth over the western United States (2-8°F above normal), a cool late March lead into an equally cool early April that brought conditions back to near normal. Ultimately, a warmer second half of April resulted in temperatures being mixed over Oregon and Washington with most regions falling into ± 1.5°of normal while the majority of California was much above normal.

05/05/15

Tasting of library wines brings together some of the county's living wine legends - There was all sorts of history in one room this past Thursday as part of Sonoma County Barrel Auction's Icons Library Tasting at Williams Selyem winery near Healdsburg

05/05/15

One of the most important milestones for a successful growing season is sufficient canopy growth to support your yield targets. The new Tule Target PRI helps you get your field to its full canopy size and yield potential.

05/05/15

As imports increase and big wineries produce more boutique labels, artisan vintners are feeling the squeeze at retail. Meanwhile, "eco-wines" are gaining attention with 16% of U.S. wine consumers now looking for these labels, and urban winemaking is cropping up in and around many major cities.

05/05/15

Grape-growing conditions for the 2015 vintage throughout the Pacific Northwest wine region remain drier and warmer than average, according to internationally renowned climatologist Greg Jones.

05/05/15

Last week, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates announced an international collaboration that focuses on Syrah and Southern Rhône blends. Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau is working closely with two top French winemakers to craft Tenet Wines. This would seem to signal that perhaps Syrah will become cool again with consumers, retailers and restauteurs.

05/05/15

Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls received two best of class awards - including one for Riesling - at the 2015 British Columbia Best of Varietal Wine Awards.

05/05/15

It's time we took Japan's rice wine a little more seriously, W. Blake Gray argues.

05/05/15

A celebration of life will be held in honor of Joseph Phelps at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, on the grounds of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, 200 Taplin Road in St. Helena. On-site parking will be available with overflow parking at the River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center on Silverado Trail.

05/05/15

Oregon State University's Wine Research Institute issued a warning saying wine grape growers can expect increased pressure from brown marmorated stinkbugs in particular and spotted wing drosophila to a lesser degree.

05/05/15

The forecast for summer water supply in Washington's Yakima Basin was lowered again on May 4 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Water districts meet May 5 to discuss their next moves.

05/05/15

Before Willie Lamberson became a Sonoma County planning commissioner this year, the ceramic tile contractor cut a low-key public profile, with little attachment to the workings of local government beyond a penchant for political involvement handed down years ago from his father, also a tile contractor and Army veteran.

05/05/15

Current controversies on North Coast traffic to wineries could benefit from a 165-year perspetive on the business locally, according to speakers at the Business Journal's 2015 Wine Industry Conference on April 24.

05/05/15

Current law requires a consumer to first visit a winery for a face-to-face transaction, which ensures that the buyer is at least 21 years old, before wine can be shipped to the consumer. Pence signed a bill Monday that will eliminate that requirement, but buyers still will have to provide a copy of a government-issued ID to confirm they're of legal age.

05/05/15

A man visited a wine festival before he lost control of his car and crashed into a Livermore apartment complex, killing a woman and her 14-month-old daughter and injuring two other children, police said Sunday.

05/05/15

The Science of Wine event is set to return to Orlando Science Center on Saturday. The fundraiser includes the chance to sample from more than 100 wines from around the world and presentations about wine growing and wine tasting.

05/05/15

A lawsuit threatening long-standing Sonoma County environmental regulations was dismissed today in a ruling by the Sonoma County Superior Court

05/05/15

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) announced that 2015 Wine Week celebrations will conclude with the Harrisburg Wine Festival on Friday, May 8, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

05/05/15

Wine accounts for just a fraction of London-based Diageo's roughly $46 billion in sales - just 4 percent according to a May 4 account in Drinks Business Review, an industry trade publication. Sky News broke the story, citing unidentified sources.

05/05/15

Haskell's is partnering with Boston tech company Drizly to take online and mobile alcohol orders for delivery in the Twin Cities area.

05/05/15

New Zealand wines are witnessing a surge in demand and are in top gear in many export markets. The exports marked a record high of NZ $1.29 billion in 2014, that was up by 8.2 percent over the previous 12 months, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

05/05/15

For the first time in 10 years, B.C. will lead Canada in economic growth in 2015, according to the BMO Blue Book released Monday by BMO Capital Markets Economics and BMO Commercial Banking.

05/05/15

B.C. was one of only two provinces that did not increase its profit from alcohol sales in the 2014 fiscal year

05/05/15

Current law requires a consumer to first visit a winery for a face-to-face transaction, which ensures that the buyer is at least 21 years old, before wine can be shipped to the consumer

05/05/15

Robert Mondavi Was the Biggest Game Changer in US Wine History

05/05/15

Deeply saddening news out of Chicago tonight: Acclaimed food writer Josh Ozersky has died at age 47. In town for the Beard Awards, rumors of Ozersky's death were flying around the media community

05/05/15

Overall, France's bottled exports to the U.S. inched up 2% to 9.6 million cases in 2014, capping a four-year period in which they've grown by more than 2 million cases

05/05/15

The leading Port houses will not be declaring 2013 as a vintage year

05/05/15

The Winners of the 2015 James Beard Awards, presented by Lexus

05/05/15

Before the internet, nominees were notified by telegram, and many people weren't sure what the James Beard Foundation was ...

05/05/15

Inaugural event shows off Sonoma's best