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07/28/15

A San Francisco couple who want to build a winery and creamery on Sonoma Mountain Road overlooking Bennett Valley will have to undergo a significantly more extensive planning and environmental review process under terms reached in a settlement deal between the county and neighbors who opposed the project.

07/28/15

Napa County exported $343 million dollars' worth of goods in 2014, an 8 percent increase over 2013 and more than double that of 10 years ago

07/28/15

The still-to-be-named limited-liability company will have Tom Rouse as its president, and Kenwood Investments founder Darius Anderson as its managing member, along with additional investors and a small staff - fewer than six employees based in Sonoma. Both Anderson and Rouse have extensive backgrounds working in the food business

07/28/15

It is a potentially worrying development for wine producers - and wine drinkers. Xylella fastidiosa is the source of Pierce's Disease, a lethal vine disease that has caused serious damage in California's vineyards, where it costs $104m annually. European Union officials said the bacteria 'represents a major risk to EU territory'. But, French government vine expert Jacques Grosman told the Vitisphere.com website that there was currently 'a low risk of contamination in France'

07/28/15

... Ted Baseler, President & CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; David Freed, Chairman of The Silverado Group; Robert Smiley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; Damien Wilson, Ph.D., Hamel Chair of Sonoma State University and Ian Harris, Chief Executive, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust ...

07/28/15

Nielsen will share best practices for winning with consumers. Nielsen conducted a study of more than 2,500 consumers to understand the impact of package design within the wine category. According to Andrew Haney, vice president of Nielsen Design Solutions, the research involved a 360° assessment of select top-selling packages using cutting-edge design technologies that included eye-tracking and simulated choice scenarios about purchasing decisions

07/28/15

While the food service industry is moving rapidly toward transparency, removing additives and noting GMO-free products to meet customers' preferences, the government has taken a step in the opposite direction with the most recent GMO legislation

07/28/15

Republican presidential candidates have generally refused to acknowledge the reality of climate change. New polls and a report issued last week show they aren't helping themselves with business or voters

07/28/15

The old conventional thinking was that big crops don't produce great vintages. James Laube says that just isn't true ...

07/28/15

Upper-income and highly educated Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol. Whereas eight in 10 adults in these socio-economic status groups say they drink, only about half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink

07/28/15

Over the past two decades, Heaven Hill Brands has undergone major expansion and diversification, moving beyond its traditional Bourbon roots to develop a diversified portfolio that covers virtually every major spirits category. In Part 2 of this SND interview, Heaven Hill president Max Shapira discusses trends in the portfolio beyond American whiskies

07/28/15

After a lousy 2014 harvest, growers and producers are keeping their fingers crossed as the grapes ripen.

07/28/15

Local food and beverage companies have a new legal weapon that allows them to better fend off competitors that infringe on their trademarks and attack their brands - if they can jump over hurdles set just a bit higher

07/28/15

Two new restaurants opened earlier this year: Evangeline, in the long-vacant Wappo Cafe space near the main intersection; and Sam's Social Club, at the 27-acre Indian Springs Resort on the north end of town. There also have been a handful of renovations at such renowned restaurants as Solbar, JoLe and the Calistoga Inn

07/28/15

The traditional model of wine retail involving uninspiring walls of wine is dying out and being replaced by a more engaging, interactive experience according to one top indie merchant

07/28/15

We are not here to all match our footsteps to the lowest achiever among us, but to follow in the footsteps of success. We understand there's an EIR under which we need to abide, but surely there's room for interpretation