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09/19/14

Barra and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman came up with the idea when she was desperate to get people to pick the 175-acre vineyard she and her husband own in Redwood Valley, about 40 miles north of Sonoma County.

09/19/14

Harvest is under way at J. Lohr's vineyards in Arroyo Seco, Paso Robles and the Napa Valley. But this year holds special significance: The winery is celebrating its 40th anniversary

09/19/14

Unknown a decade ago, Sta. Rita Hills is now one of the most-respected regions in California for Pinot Noir. No wonder one vineyard owner outside its borders - and one actually on the border - want the AVA expanded to include them

09/19/14

Next year's Barrel Tasting for Auction Napa Valley in early June will be in the valley's newest favorite meeting place, the impressive Hall Winery in St. Helena

09/19/14

Jameson Rescue Ranch's official kick-off event, Wineapalooza (dinner, wine tasting and live auction extravaganza) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Gamble Family Vineyards. Attendees of Wineapalooza will have the opportunity to sample more than 40 Napa Valley wines including rarely poured brands such as Tusk, Realm and Herb Lamb.

09/19/14

After two decades as winemaker for Groth Vineyards and Winery, Michael Weis cleared out his office in July and moved down the hall to a desk next to the new kid on the block

09/18/14

Court battles expected over scope of public rights vs. private rights

09/18/14

Farming groups said the legislation Brown signed Tuesday was rushed and punishes well-managed agencies while infringing on property rights

09/18/14

As California suffers through a severe drought that has exacerbated groundwater overdraft in several parts of the state, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills intended to regulate the use of groundwater.

09/18/14

When Margrit Mondavi came to Napa Valley five decades ago from South Dakota, she saw an economy that was still reeling from Prohibition and World War II. There were about 20 makeshift saloons along the dirt streets of a Yountville - sans French Laundry. The valley did have wine, though it did lack the sophisticated culture Robert Mondavi and she pioneered in the succeeding years.

09/18/14

Now in their mid-80s, each walks with a cane. They're practically Sonoma County icons, and yet there's plenty we don't know about them.

09/18/14

Napa has followed the state's lead in further tightening curbs on water use in the face of California's severe drought.

09/18/14

An "iron vineyard" sculpture housed at the Napa Wine Train's depot in California was "yarn bombed" by a group of stealthy knitters.

09/18/14

A Californian winery has been forced out of business after it was fined $155,000 for using volunteer labour.

09/18/14

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the expansion of the Davies Family Winery production facility, and to allow tours and tastings in a new building

09/18/14

Now, tribal leaders say, the time has come to sweep away the tortured history and grab what Indians call "the new buffalo": gambling

09/18/14

Thanks to continued mild weather, the North Coast grape harvest remains ahead of schedule and some winemakers may even finish picking their fruit by the beginning of October, according to growers and analysts

09/18/14

The land where the Guilliams Vineyards currently occupies has been known to grow wine grapes since 1890. As the latest proprietors of this property, husband and wife John and Shawn Guilliams purchased the property to make their own hand-crafted wine

09/17/14

"The three bills signed by the Governor today - AB 1739 by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) - create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management for the first time in California history. The legislation allows local agencies to tailor sustainable groundwater plans to their regional economic and environmental needs"

09/17/14

A National Agrcultural Statistics Service official in California is defending the agency's crop estimates after California Citrus Mutual became the latest of several commodity organizations to say that NASS projection for their crop was too high.

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