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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

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

A recent guest commentary in the Sentinel accused San Diego County Planning and Development Services of adding multiple "business killing restrictions" to the Boutique Winery tier of the four-tiered ordinance during the cleanup effort. Nothing is further from the truth - almost all restrictions decried by the author as "new" have always existed in the Boutique Winery Ordinance language, but were being continuously violated by some wineries in the Ramona region.

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

... 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

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

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

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

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

07/27/15

"As a family-owned wine company, Vintage Wine Estates is particularly interested in preserving heritage wineries such as B.R. Cohn, and taking them into the future. We are looking forward carrying on the legacy of B.R. Cohn which we consider one of the crown jewels of Sonoma Valley."

07/27/15

A multi-billion dollar water tunnels project pushed by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. to send fresh water from northern California to customers in Southern California gets eight hours of public airing this week

07/27/15

A group of California grape growers will have their day in the state's Supreme Court in their 19-year challenge of the California Table Grape Commission's right to assess payments for generic advertising

07/27/15

Santa Barbara reports early sparkling harvest, Paso gets hurricane drift

07/27/15

The ban was put in place after there was a perceived rush on applications for vineyard permits in the unincorporated north area of the Santa Monica Mountains, which includes unincorporated Malibu, Agoura, parts of Calabasas and Topanga.

07/27/15

Almost as if it were relieved to rest after a long journey, the Fountain Grove Winery sherry house gave little resistance when the jaws of an excavator grasped its graffiti-covered west wall and gave a mighty jerk

07/27/15

Pat Roney touted the benefits of new ownership without the debt that hampered Cohn. "We are not financially restrained and we will be able to buy new barrels and do a lot of work on differed maintenance," he said.

07/27/15

Wineries in unincorporated areas would certify how much wine they are producing and whether they are complying with their use permits. Each winery's principal officer would sign the report

07/24/15

Restore the Delta bucks the State Water Board

07/24/15

it was showtime. George Webber, a mustachioed and bearded chap who plays The Count for Buena Vista Winery-he brings to life Count Agoston Haraszthy, the Hungarian who founded the winery in 1857, for guests visiting the property-stood on the interior steps of the building constructed in 1862 and played his character well

07/24/15

An unprecedented $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor will challenge bidders in the fund-a-need portion of The V Wine Celebration fundraiser in the Napa Valley this August.

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