The most suspenseful lot was the Fund-the-Future offering, where a group of bidders pooled their efforts to raise $691,250 to raise local literacy rates. The total dwarfs last year's special needs lot at $264,000
At the sold-out Taste of Sonoma on Saturday, 2,500 people - the same as last year - gathered at Healdsburg's MacMurray Ranch to sip and graze with organizers intent on showcasing the county as a hotbed of artisan food and wine
The problem of fakes is particularly acute in Asia, where the market for fine wine has boomed thanks to the rise of a new wealthy class amid strong economic growth in the region in recent years. Hong Kong now rivals New York and London as the world's most active center for wine auctions.
Napa Valley wine business leaders Alex Ryan (Duckhorn Wine Company), Ning Zhang (Purlieu Wines) and Erle Martin (Crimson Wine Group) have joined Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute board of directors, enhancing an already distinguished line-up of experienced wine industry professionals.
Palmer & Co., a 1920s-style bar, draws cocktail drinkers and oenophiles alike. Ten seasonal reds and whites, and 25 bottles of sparkling wines and Champagnes, are backed by hundreds of wines, spanning Argentina, Western Australia, Burgundy and Epernay.
This major shift in agriculture came about after the federal government eliminated the tobacco farmers' quota system as consumer demand waned, a blow that was softened through Tobacco Transition Program grants in 2008, funded by fines paid by tobacco companies for smuggling offences.
With this year's conditions cooler and dryer than the banner year of 2012, Niagara's grape crop needs to stay on the vine a bit longer to reach full maturity, say researchers at Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.
Tuesday's landmark decision by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to impose emergency land-use restrictions to protect the Paso Robles groundwater basin begins the lengthy and complicated process of finding a permanent solution to the North County's dwindling aquifers.
Napa County's most prominent industries also face several unique challenges, and that the supply and demand for its labor force are increasingly interconnected, he told the group of a couple hundred professionals at the Napa Valley Marriott hotel in Napa