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09/01/14

The bills, if Governor Jerry Brown signs them, would designate local agencies to write sustainable groundwater management plans. The local agency could be a single water district, or a coalition of water agencies and county officials, all connected to a groundwater basin. Many of these governing bodies have already been established, as a result of 2009 legislation that encouraged areas to set up a groundwater tracking program. The program was not mandatory.

09/01/14

Napa Valley's roughly 500 wineries still are compiling financial estimates for the quake's impact, spokeswoman Cate Conniff of the Napa Valley Vintners trade group said. The most commonly reported damage was the fallen stacks of wine barrels. The barrels each hold the equivalent of 25 cases of wine. At some wineries and wine-storage centers after the quake, spilled wine from broken barrels pooled over workers' feet and ran under doors to puddle on streets and sidewalks.

09/01/14

The wine is flowing, grapes are being picked and Napa Valley vineyards are open for business, but it could take most of this week before the real victims of last week's earthquake - small specialty wineries - finish tallying their damages.

09/01/14

The repercussions of the Napa earthquake may go beyond toppled barrel rooms and a disrupted tourist season. It may also affect the style and taste of the smaller winemakers' wines

09/01/14

An African dance troupe, with Djembe and Dunum drums beating, created a colorful backdrop for a record-breaking afternoon of bidding at Sunday's Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. Spiraling bids climbed to $4 million, nearly tripling last year's take of $1.5 million

09/01/14

County estimates Napa wine industry faces $48 million economic cost

09/01/14

The annual auction has grown almost exponentially over the last three years, after the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance partnered with the Sonoma County Vintners for a combined fundraising campaign that fills an entire weekend with wine and food events, culminating in the Sunday auction

09/01/14

Since 1914, farmers have considered water rights as part and parcel of property rights, and considered unlimited pumping their due

08/29/14

Carneros was the epicenter of the South Napa quake, but is back to business as usual

08/29/14

Paso Robles is noted for its family owned wineries. Yet these days it's sometimes rare to find family members in the tasting room. However, at Dunning Estate Vineyards Winery, you will find owners Bob and Jo-Ann Dunning on the property daily, pouring their Private Reserve Estate wines in the tasting room and occasionally taking visitors on a tour of the rustic property.

08/29/14

With the current shift from traditional distribution channels to direct sales to consumers, most new wineries that open in Napa Valley seek to appeal to visitors. Few, however, go so far as new B Cellars.

08/29/14

Hess Collection Winery on Redwood Road in Napa reports that its tasting room is open after the shake-up from Sunday's earthquake.

08/29/14

At this writing, although some buildings have been affected by the Aug. 24 shaking, it seems that the 2014 harvest has sustained little interruption. Spirits seem to be high as evidenced by a couple of quotes (chosen from many):

08/29/14

While the rest of Napa was cleaning up after Sunday's earthquake, dumping piles of broken dishes and glasses into garbage cans, the employees of Napa Recycling and Waste Services (NRWS) were mobilizing to receive the end product of the disaster.

08/29/14

The Dry Creek Valley Association (DCVA) and Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley (WDCV) hosted their 2014 Scholarship Fund Picnic at Preston Farm and Winery to raise money for local students.

08/29/14

Lodi's wine industry has offered help to Napa wineries damaged in Sunday's earthquake. That disaster help could also be a business opportunity for Lodi.

08/29/14

In partnership with Cuesta College and the Central Coast Writer's Conference, the Paso Robles City Library is proud to present an evening with local travel and wine author Tom Wilmer on Thursday, September 4, at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Room.

08/29/14

EPA said its research found that by diverting freshwater from three new intakes proposed on the Sacramento River - farther upstream from existing intakes - the project is likely to increase concentrations of salinity, mercury, bromide, chloride, selenium and pesticides

08/29/14

Sonoma County planning commissioners Thursday night signed off on a new ordinance spelling out a wide set of regulations that limit agriculture and development along 3,200 miles of streams and rivers.

08/29/14

Move by U.S. Bureau of Land Management comes after new study found limited impact from fracking, other enhanced drilling

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