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11/21/14

The Shasta County Planning Division is currently in the process of revising the "Winery Development Standards" section of the Zoning Plan. With the local winery business growing by leaps and bounds, local viticulturists found the current standards "difficult to understand and cumbersome to navigate," Director of Resource Management Rick Simon wrote in his report to the Board of Supervisors who considered the matter at their meeting on Nov. 4, 2014.

11/21/14

A Lodi, California pinotage, a late harvest muscat canelli made in Wisconsin, and Finger Lakes riesling were among the top winners honored at the 2014 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition held early November at the Embassy Suites in Concord, N.C.

11/21/14

Recent strategic alliances with national companies like Southern Wine and Spirits, Nelson Staffing, Sherwin Williams, and Target are helping Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics (SBE) Career Center thrive.

11/21/14

Growers in the San Joaquin Valley saw grape prices and winery demand plummet this past harvest, with some growers receiving offers of as little as $200 per ton on the spot market.

11/21/14

A small winery near Angwin can expand production and add tours and tasting events, though some people are voicing concerns about traffic and water.

11/21/14

A small Sonoma Coast grower takes on the Carneros sparkling wine house over two trademarked vineyards with similar names

11/21/14

Sonoma County planning officials are poised to take unprecedented action Thursday against Bella Vineyards, halting all events and wine-cave tasting at the embattled Healdsburg-area winery after officials accused its owners of operating outside of county zoning rules for more than a decade.

11/21/14

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday pulled the plug on secret, high-stakes negotiations over a water bill for her drought-plagued state, saying she and fellow lawmakers will try again next year

11/20/14

Morlet, a fourth-generation winemaker, has worked with acclaimed wineries in Napa and Alexander Valley, including Newton Vineyard, Peter Michael Winery and Staglin Family Vineyards. The 2014 harvest marks the first vintage for Morlet and PATEL wines collaboration.

11/20/14

A mellow storm passed through the North Bay early Wednesday, bringing a half-inch of rain and more, with similar amounts due by week's end from combined rainfall from two more storms, according to the National Weather Service.

11/20/14

Reluctantly, the St. Helena Planning Commission approved a house remodel plan that included building a new pool, not because they endorsed it, but because they couldn't stop it.

11/20/14

St. Helena homeowners and business owners can now make their properties more water and energy efficient through a property-tax based program already in effect throughout Napa County.

11/20/14

The California Green Medal was developed as a way to showcase some of the leading wineries and vineyards committed to sustainability. More than a dozen regional winery and winegrowing association partners are also involved in promoting the new awards.

11/20/14

Sad news for local wine lovers today: Colorado Wine Company owner John Nugent announced that he has sold the shop to new ownership. According to a final newsletter sent out to e-mail subscribers, John writes, "[the new owners] plan on keeping the name and generally keeping up the original idea of Colorado Wine Company - a family-owned store and bar, focused on our local community that caters to the less snobby side of wine and beer culture. But they also have new things planned for CoWineCo, and I wish them all the best."

11/20/14

The sanction of Bella, an award-winning winery and popular tourist destination overlooking bucolic Dry Creek Valley, would exclude it from hosting special events

11/20/14

in an effort to remind Americans of the people working behind their Thanksgiving meal and show support for President Barack Obama's proposed executive action on immigration reform

11/19/14

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed environmentalists to challenge the government's renewal of 41 long-term contracts for irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in a lawsuit seeking greater protection for the endangered delta smelt

11/19/14

tThe Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in conjunction with the Cambria Tourism Board, San Simeon Tourism Board and Wine Coast Country announced a new partnership to bring a Paso Robles wine event to the north coast of San Luis Obispo County.

11/19/14

Dustin Valette, executive chef of Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen for the past six years, revealed Tuesday that he has made an offer to buy Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, owned by Jeff and Susan Mall.

11/19/14

San Diego, a city of 1.4 million people that imports 85 percent of its water from the Colorado River and Northern California, has slowly warmed to the idea in its quest to become more independent and protected from drought.

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