Officials already knew that the snowpack was unusually thin and would provide below average amounts of water when it melted, considering that the state had its third-driest winter on record, following its driest calendar year in 2013. However, they did not anticipate it would melt so quickly.
Karen Ross, secretary of the California State Department of Food and Agriculture, will be one of the speakers at the 19th annual Vineyard Economics Seminar taking place on Wednesday, May 14, at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa
Starfield Vineyards announced the launch of its portfolio of five limited-production wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Founded in 2011 by father-son team, Tom and Rob Sinton, Starfield Vineyards produces wines sourced from select cooler vineyard sites in premier winegrowing regions.
A growing loan portfolio, higher interest rates and improved asset quality helped first-quarter earnings for Santa Rosa's Exchange Bank increase 26.6 percent versus the same period one year ago, according to an announcement from the bank.
Wine lovers in the United States are drinking more New Zealand wines than ever, with double-digit annual percentage increases in the value of imports for the past five straight years. As demand increases, investors are also developing a taste for Kiwi wine. Recent acquisitions in the New Zealand wine market by two U.S.-based major players-Foley Family Wines and Terroir Selections-signal an increasing confidence in the wines' future.