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02/26/15

A federal judge appears close to ruling on a local Indian tribe's efforts to seek federal recognition, with potential future implications for Napa Valley land use.

02/26/15

Wolk serves the 3rd District that includes Napa County and southern Sonoma County. Earlier this month, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, was appointed chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine

02/26/15

Tanner Campbell has joined the Cork Supply USA team as a sales consultant and will be serving cork and closure clients in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties; his home is in Santa Rosa.

02/26/15

Innovation + Quality 2015, a new forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality, is happening next week on March 4 in the Napa Valley.

02/26/15

to enjoy more water, half of Californians would dump protections for the Delta and its fish and wildlife?

02/26/15

Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will kick-off it's 2015 Spring Seminar Series with two new seminars on March 12. The seminars, "Exploring a Career in Wine Business" and "Setting Up Your Wine Business from a Legal Perspective" come as a direct response to inquiries from individuals looking to begin a career in wine business.

02/26/15

The Thornhill Companies announced the promotion of Marshall Miller from operations specialist to an expanded role as head of operations. The shift represents a deliberate strategic action to balance the organization's three-pronged structure between finance, sales and marketing, and operations.

02/26/15

Cork Supply USA announced the hiring of Joe Joralemon as a sales consultant to cork and closure clients in North Napa; his home is in American Canyon.

02/25/15

Adding to that increasingly verdant vein, major Lodi growers Markus and Liz Bokisch have just released their first-ever Zinfandel; bottled under a brand new label - Tizona by Bokisch - to distinguish it from the Spanish varietal wines carrying their Bokisch Vineyards label.

02/25/15

Until WiVi Central Coast, you've only been able to read about Wine Business Monthly's Varietal Focus series tastings. Now you can experience one at the 2015 WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry conference & Tradeshow to be held March 17-18, 2015 at the Paso Robles Event Center.

02/25/15

Stapp will oversee existing Western distributors for Rabble Wine Company including California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. He will be launching the brands in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Nebraska over the next eight weeks.

02/25/15

Wine Country is starting to take a good hard look at itself. Residents in both Napa and Sonoma counties are organizing to challenge recent proposals for new and expanded wineries/event centers in rural areas. With the Sebastopol City Council unanimously voting no at its Feb. 3 review of the huge Dairyman Winery proposal and the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 10 to discuss winery over-development, a backlash against winery over-development is gaining steam.

02/25/15

A proposed Melka Winery near St. Helena has scored an initial victory at a time when some people are questioning whether Napa Valley has too many wineries.

02/25/15

Lindsay Jordan steps in for Madera, Merced and Mariposa counties in California

02/25/15

Fieri had nearly a month to file an appeal after the Board of Zoning Adjustments voted unanimously against his proposal for a 10,000-case winery, a new wine tasting room and permission to host 14 events per year. The preliminary 5-0 vote on Jan. 22 was finalized on Feb. 3. Fieri did not file an appeal by the county's deadline, which expired last week.

02/25/15

The Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week approved the new American Viticultural Area (AVA). Overall, it encompasses 38,000 acres in a section of eastern Sonoma County that borders Napa County and isn't covered by any other AVA.

02/25/15

The North Bay economy is expected to experience continued growth as a diverse mix of industries expand, but the region struggles to attract and retain leading businesses in technology, according to a Sonoma State University economist.

02/25/15

As destructive as last August's road-buckling, home-cracking earthquake was, seismologists say even more powerful temblors are in Napa's and the Bay Area's future.

02/25/15

Mark Chandler of Lodi, CA has been named the Chief Wine Judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Chandler's more than 30 years of wine industry management and communications experience, including 20 years as Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and CEO of the national association of American wineries made him the top candidate to take on the role of Chief Judge.

02/25/15

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW), a non-profit marketing and educational organization dedicated to maintaining the agricultural diversity of the Russian River Valley, today announced the appointment of Rod Berglund as the 2015 board president.

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