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08/20/14

The scientists said California's water-rights regulator, the State Water Resources Control Board, needs a systematic overhaul of policies and procedures to bridge the gaping disparity, but lacks the legislative authority and funding to do so

08/20/14

Working with an instructional designer, each course level of the program has been honed to more directly address critical facets of the wine industry and provide students with a systematical and structured learning experience. The newly redesigned courses, Foundation: Introduction to Wine Business and Intermediate: A Survey of the Key Drivers in a Wine Business, include prerecorded and live lecture sessions, case studies and individual research, along with weekly assigned reading and modular quizzes.

08/20/14

The ten-year-old Paso Robles wine producer begins to breathe life into the historic York Mountain

08/20/14

Livermore Valley wine country has an exciting crop of winemakers under 40 with one important thing in common -- a deep love for the fruit of our region's vines.

08/20/14

Spurred by a warm spring, the California table grape season got off to an early start and is firing on all cylinders heading into the second half of its season after Labor Day

08/20/14

Despite net losses of millions of residents to other states, California continues to grow through immigration

08/20/14

Last week, the county entered into a $25,000 contract with the California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno, to develop a countywide groundwater ordinance

08/20/14

Three winery projects approved by the county Planning Commission in the last year have been appealed

08/19/14

Pacific Highway Wines & Spirits, the sales and marketing company for the DGB family of wines, has added a new Chardonnay to its award-winning The Beachhouse portfolio. The addition of a Chardonnay produced and bottled in California is poised to significantly increase sales.

08/19/14

The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 17-18 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Expo is "Balancing Water, Soil, and Nutrient Resources for Long Term Sustainability."

08/19/14

Distributors to Represent Santa Lucia Highlands Label in California and the Carolinas

08/19/14

Designed by well-known wine country interior designer Shawn Hall, Madrigal's tasting bar and lounge have a gallery sensibility with the warmth and character of a West Coast cafe.

08/19/14

The Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) are excited to announce their 2014|2015 Commissioners, including the election of 6 new Commissioners representing some of Sonoma County's top vineyard properties, families, regions, and industry leaders. www.sonomawinegrape.org

08/19/14

Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, recently released its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Pinot Gris, the first wines crafted after winemaker Matt Ortman joined the team last year.

08/19/14

The custom-crush industry in the North Coast has greatly expanded in the past year. The plants vary, but essentially provide one-stop service for vintners to crush grapes, make wine and transfer it into barrels and then into bottles - everything except marketing and sales.

08/19/14

The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are calling on the state board that oversees water rights to investigate possible water diversion by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

08/19/14

Kern County, Calif. released its final 2013 crop production numbers in mid-August and of the three counties - Fresno, Kern and Tulare - Kern's production increase was the most modest at about 6 percent to over $6.76 billion.

08/19/14

Only months after the creation of the new Malibu Cast AVA, winemakers are battling with local authorities to stop a ban on new vineyard plantings coming into force.

08/19/14

Later this month, look for more of my other writings about this fascinating region, including a focus on the exciting Native Lodi program. In the meantime, for more information about the Lodi AVA, Zinfandel, and other festive regional events happening throughout the state, visit www.lodiwine.com, www.Zinfandel.org and www.discovercaliforniawines.com .

08/19/14

It's a problem facing many towns and counties throughout the North Bay: what to do with high-density wastewater created by food and beverage producers?

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