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07/21/14

"This has a potential to impact the agriculture community more than anything we've seen in last 30 or 40 years," said Danny Merkley, director of water resources for the California Farm Bureau Federation.

07/21/14

James Wheaton, an Environmental Law Foundation attorney, called the decision "monumental" and said that it "changes everything about groundwater in California, the only western state that does not regulate its precious groundwater." Wheaton told Bloomberg BNA the decision should "light a fire under the Legislature" to make groundwater a management priority.

07/21/14

"The number of tasting rooms near the square in Sonoma have tripled since we opened three years ago, dividing the new customer base which every retail tasting room depends on. The hot market which was good for the real estate business was bad for our business because it gave confidence to our landlady to more than double the rent."

07/21/14

The 2014 wine grape harvest in the Paso Robles appellation appears to be right on track for a normal seasonal pick, despite this year's warm temperatures, dry conditions and predictions for earlier start dates in other regions. The home estate blocks at luxury Cabernet Sauvignon producer Chateau Margene in the Creston district are in the early stage of veraison and will ripen gently for an anticipated pick date of Oct. 1.

07/21/14

One of the last vestiges of the old Napa Valley is about to disappear. Milat Vineyards and Winery, the modest family-owned reminder of how the valley was before big money took over, is closing at the end of the month

07/21/14

The amendment, released this week, also sets a public meeting to hear comments in an ongoing effort to change the county's ordinance

07/21/14

"This will open it up."

07/21/14

Raymond Winery and Vineyards has agreed to delay its expansion project for another month after a meeting this week with planners so more ...

07/21/14

Increased agricultural pumping is part of a statewide trend to help farmers cope with the drought by substituting groundwater for reduced rainfall and the subsequent declines in stored water supplies

07/21/14

Rumors drifted across the parched Central Valley that a bidding war for water might push auction prices as high as $3,000 an acre-foot, up from $60 in a normal year

07/21/14

As more water is pumped and not replenished, the aquifer falls further. "You shouldn't be able to drill as deeply as you want when it's detrimental to others."

07/21/14

Among the items they'll discuss is whether to direct county staff to look at the developing a "groundwater exportation" ordinance

07/21/14

Actress Sophia Loren was the guest of honor at Far Niente Winery in Oakville on Saturday evening for "Bella Italia!," a tribute to the film legend attended by 400 fans, film stars and culinary and political VIPs

07/21/14

esfaye Alemayehu and Sara Hall won the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon presented by Newton on Sunday

07/21/14

Also: Lake County Winegrape Commission opens new offices; Wine Road donates $25,000 to food bank; Flavor Napa Valley coming in late November; 20 Cuban sommeliers to tour North Coast wineries

07/21/14

The Gloria Ferrer Winery event is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Last year, the winery donated $15,000 to the foundation, and this year Bertran said they hope to top that with proceeds brought in from $75 admission tickets and an auction of paintings, sports memorabilia and vacation packages

07/21/14

"It seems most wineries pay a commission for selling memberships, but few really compensate to keep their club members longer and that's the simplest solution I see to improve wine club profitability."

07/21/14

Today J & L Farms is focused on just grape production south of King City. Besides the F & L acreage, Lindley also has additional partners and land devoted to a variety of grapes.

07/18/14

California wine programs announce building projects in Central Coast, Sonoma and Fresno

07/18/14

A Sacramento Superior Court judge issued a ruling Tuesday requiring regulation of groundwater pumping to protect a river in Siskiyou County. Attorneys on both sides say it's the first time a California court has ruled the "public trust doctrine" applies to groundwater. The doctrine says the State of California holds all waterways for the benefit of the people.

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