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07/29/14

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast.

07/29/14

For the first time a premium beer has been brewed with the finest Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon grape must. The line is blurred between the finest of craft beers and the most prized of Napa Valley wines with a project that delivers the combined passions of Etienne Hunyady of Bolgheri, Tuscany, Jan-Erik Paino of Ruhstaller Brewery in Sacramento, California and M. F. Dunn of Oakville, California.

07/29/14

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is pleased to announce that LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards of Lodi, California has won the platinum medal in BRIT's 2014 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. LangeTwins topped the field this year based on the winery's on-going programs that address the three elements of sustainability-environment, economic, and social-as well as wine taste.

07/29/14

The ground is sinking because farmers and water agencies throughout the Central Valley are pumping groundwater heavily from far beneath the Earth's surface to make up for the lack of rain. The problems caused by this sinkage are many, with no easy fix in sight.

07/29/14

California's three-year drought has sparked a surge in demand for wells in the state's agricultural heartland. With federal and state allocations of surface water reduced to a trickle, growers are searching deeper underground for sources of water to keep their farms from ruin. The clamor has overwhelmed California drillers and pump installers, forcing some farms to hire contractors from neighboring states.

07/29/14

The public is invited to join the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) for a seminar titled, All About Rootstock and Unusual Varietals of the Paso Robles Region. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at J. Lohr Vineyard, located at 6169 Airport Rd, Paso Robles, Calif.

07/29/14

On July 8, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the ability for certified farmers markets, like the Napa Farmers Market, to allow one winery per market to sample and sell their wine, albeit with a hefty set of conditions. As part of our ongoing mission to increase educational opportunities and build a diverse, robust market, the Napa Farmers Market is going to test the viability of having wine sampling at our market throughout the rest of this season.

07/29/14

Naked Wines has started trialing same day delivery in San Francisco and may eventually take the concept to London, UK.

07/28/14

Local grape growers and farmers are taking their fight over controversial rules governing frost protection to the state's highest court, escalating a legal battle over regulations meant to protect endangered fish in the Russian River and its tributaries.

07/28/14

The Lodi District Grape Growers Association will hold a local water seminar at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at Oak Ridge Winery, located at 6100 E. Highway 12.

07/28/14

There is no going back after a clay-laced underground collapses, says a new report warning California of irreparable harm from excessive pumping

07/28/14

few state agencies know whether their conservation efforts are meeting the mark. They are not required to compare water consumption this year to last, and few have

07/28/14

Despite the Sand fire blazing through parts of Amador and El Dorado counties, most of the foothills wineries in the region remained open for business and unharmed by the flames

07/28/14

It's often said in farm country that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. But when the common foe is nature itself, the fight creates uncommon allies

07/28/14

An estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding, authorized by emergency drought legislation (Senate Bill 103), will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation ...

07/28/14

New regional rules could impact 141,400 acres of vineyard properties

07/25/14

Proponents of the massive twin tunnels scheme that's the heart of the "Bay Delta Conservation Plan" are lying and trying to suppress comments critical of the plan, says the environmental group Friends of the River.

07/24/14

Councilmembers approved the plan after City Attorney assured them decision wouldn't set a legal precedent for future projects

07/24/14

Loren came at the invitation of Festival del Sole. Napa Valley's Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem, friends of the festival since its inception nine years ago, commissioned American composer Daniel Brewbaker to write a musical tribute that received its world premiere last weekend during the actress's visit

07/24/14

The 2011 vintage marks the 11th release for Coro Mendocino, and includes wines from eight diverse Mendocino County vintners

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