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07/31/14

"As with Pinot, the closer you get to the foggy, windy California coastline, generally speaking, the better the Syrah will be"

07/31/14

Brent Melville Brings Balance -- in Wines and Farming -- to New Central Coast California Wine Label, Buellton-Based Co-op Winemaking Facility, and Solvang Tasting Room

07/31/14

Jordan Vineyard & Winery is the first business in Sonoma County to achieve Fish Friendly Ranching® certification, a new program that helps preserve both the aquatic ecosystem and terrestrial wildlife habitats at livestock ranches.

07/31/14

Steelhead Vineyards of Sonoma County is introducing sophisticated new packaging for its wines this summer with a sleek new look that broadens consumer appeal for its super-premium wines. The new packaging also strengthens Steelhead's identity with environmental causes.

07/31/14

Nut farmers and other Modesto Irrigation District customers can wait to water crops as late as Oct. 3. That's two weeks later than initially planned, giving trees a better chance of surviving the drought and being healthy enough to produce again next year.

07/31/14

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in September of 2013 adopted new waste discharge requirements to protect ground and surface water from irrigated agricultural discharges for the Tulare Lake Basin area. That led to a plan to monitor groundwater and what impacts irrigation has on that groundwater.

07/31/14

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today led a letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) outlining a strong opposition to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The letter, cosigned by California Reps. George Miller, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, John Garamendi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier, and Jerry McNerney, was offered as part of the public review and comment period, which ends today.

07/31/14

Work crews were up before dawn Wednesday picking grapes along Silverado Trail, marking an early harvest season for the North Coast wine industry.

07/31/14

Many winemakers in California believe the state's drought will not drastically affect this year's harvest, which they say is running two weeks early and is expected to yield a healthy crop

07/31/14

"This project would be a major step in the wrong direction," said Gary Bobker, policy analyst for the Bay Institute, which submitted its 250-page findings this week to the state Department of Water Resources as it updates its Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

07/31/14

Local grape growers have requested to have another hearing regarding the reversal of a decision that halted new state regulations regarding the use of water for protecting crops from frost damage.

07/31/14

Tamburelli joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent eleven years as general manager at Chappellet and most recently held the role of chief operating officer at Flora Springs

07/31/14

Bland comes with a wealth of experience within the wine industry, having spent the last four and a half years as director of consumer sales and marketing at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, where she managed all consumer direct channels, including the retail room, wine club, ecommerce, social media and special events

07/31/14

in keeping with tradition ...

07/31/14

Under clear skies shortly before dawn Wednesday, work crews fanned out into a vineyard along Napa Valley's Silverado Trail and began picking pinot noir grapes, marking one of the earliest starts to the North Coast grape harvest in years

07/31/14

"We would drop one third of the fruit," Naumann said. "That's what we're anticipating next year if we get minimal amount of rain."

07/31/14

California's string of good vintages is on course to continue. Harvest kicked off in Napa Valley today (Wednesday) and all signs appear good again.

07/31/14

... will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the approximately 11,178-acre "Manton Valley" American viticultural area in portions of Shasta and Tehama Counties in northern California

07/31/14

The Wine Foundry bought The Napa Juice Box custom-crush winery in south Napa, giving the "microcrush" custom vintner formerly known as Crushpad additional customers and a new home all its own

07/30/14

Grape leader Jeff Bitter says the California wine industry overall is purring like a well-tuned engine, yet beware of bumps in the road including foreign competition, alternative beverages, and rising input costs

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