The proposal calls for allowing permits for hotels larger than 25 rooms only if the town's annualized hotel room occupancy rate exceeded 80 percent in the previous calendar year. There are 500 hotel rooms in Sonoma.
Alto Limay, dedicated to the production of Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina, has appointed Paul Hobbs Imports as its United States importer. Since 2008, Paul Hobbs has been working with the producers of Alto Limay as consulting winemaker in an effort to explore this frontier geographical area and its synergy with the Pinot Noir varietal.
The immediate and long-term benefits of integrating animals in orchard and vineyard operation - such as the use of raptors for rodent control or sheep for weed suppression - will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California.
More than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, a new exhibitor record, took part in the HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which ran November 7-9 in Hong Kong. The fair also drew more than 20,000 visitors.
It wasn't until recently that the permitting issue was noticed, and it took county staff two years - including filing a lawsuit against William Cole earlier this year - for the building permit to be issued.
Sandro Saadé, together with brother Karim, is the founder of Château Marsyas in the Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and Syria's Domaine de Bargylus, the latter described by Hugh Johnson as "the finest wine produced in the Eastern Mediterranean". He talks to Douglas Blyde about realising an ancient dream.
Me? I prefer to avoid wine stocks altogether and focus instead on spirits. Go With Booze Instead, Buy Diageo: I've recommended Diageo off and on for years, and I still consider it one of my favorite long-term holdings.
Texas-based wine writer Jeff Siegel earned the moniker Wine Curmudgeon not because of his feelings about wine, but about the other stuff: the wine business, wine snobbery, wine critics, wine regulations and notions about wine in the United States.
"We already have a shortage in Virginia, because people are excited about Virginia wines. We don't have enough grapes in the ground already, so we have to reach out further to buy grapes, because we can't always get enough locally. And as that market continues to experience more pressure, the harder it gets."
As Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen prepares to tell the Senate Banking Committee that she supports continuing the central bank's policy of buying billions of dollars worth of bonds to boost the economy, there's fresh evidence that the relatively slow economic recovery continues to be ... relatively slow.