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09/29/14

The first system of the fall was impressive for some with near record or record rainfall amounts for Northern California, Southern Oregon into the Willamette Valley and along the Cascades. The system is slow to move out and will spin some unsettled weather over the whole region for the next 24 hours or so. Spotty chance of precipitation from the Bay Area northward with the probability increasing from the central Oregon coast to the Puget Sound area.

09/29/14

It's harvest time in the Napa Valley, and the ground is rumbling with trucks and trailers of all sizes hauling ripe fruit to wineries up and down the valley.

09/29/14

In some west Napa areas, the hail piled up two inches deep, creating a Sierra winter landscape that prompted motorists to slow to a crawl or pull over. When they felt safe, some got out of their cars to take pictures.

09/29/14

A viewer in the Napa County community of Browns Valley took video of hail covering the ground like snow.

09/29/14

When all was said and done Friday night, hail was piled up in parts of Napa two inches deep

09/29/14

The sweepstakes white is the Selby 2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc at $15; the sweepstakes red is the Balletto 2013 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir at $42; and the sweepstakes specialty wine is the Windsor Vineyards N.V. Sonoma County Blanc de Blanc at $32.

09/29/14

Part of the ritual of wine drinking is opening the bottle, teasing the cork from the bottle and pouring that wine into a crystal glass. That's no longer the default, though. First, they came out with fake corks, then screw cap bottles - and, sacre bleu, now some serious restaurants are dispensing wines from kegs.

09/29/14

Earthquake insurance elicits head-jarring differences of opinion among Californians

09/26/14

With California in the midst of a severe drought, winemakers in need of water are turning to UC Davis for answers

09/26/14

With demolition all but certain for two Napa Valley Exposition structures and multiple exhibit halls in need of repair, the Expo's board of directors is faced with hard decisions on how to bounce back from the August earthquake.

09/26/14

Reports come in from Santa Cruz, Lodi, Lake County and more

09/26/14

State pesticide regulators are seeking to limit one of farming's most widely used bug killers over concerns that it poses a threat to the public and environment

09/25/14

"This is easily one of the best vintages ever for our zin," says Mick Unti of Unti Vineyards. "The low yields and warm summer have resulted in more concentrated flavors and brighter acidity." Unti also called his sangiovese and barbera some of the best fruit he has seen.

09/25/14

Smith-Madrone announces a new series of videos filmed by videographer Tom Sanders. The videos average around two minutes in length and feature both Stu Smith (the founder/enologist) and Charles Smith (winemaker).

09/25/14

Farmers in drought-stricken California are drilling more wells and extracting more groundwater to irrigate their crops, but experts say the increased pumping is causing land to sink and depleting underground water supplies. (Sept. 24)

09/25/14

Le Vigne Winery announced today the promotion of Colin Baker to assistant winemaker. Baker has been the Cellarmaster at Le Vigne Winery for the past two years.

09/25/14

Santa Barbara vintners and restaurateurs reflect on the making and effect of award-winning wine country film

09/25/14

In honor of California Wine Month 2014, the San Francisco Wine School has produced a series of videos on California wine regions featuring Founder & CEO David Glancy, MS.

09/25/14

Like most California wine grape growers, Nick Buttitta, started this year's harvest earlier than usual - in his case, in mid-September, about a week sooner than normal.

09/25/14

Sustained growth of California wine sales have kept prices steady for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the state's 2014 grapes used in making these wines.

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