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09/30/14

do you know your drought number?

09/30/14

Rather than take a typical wine advertising approach profiling local farmers and their families or picturesque vineyards, Sonoma County's leading wine industry stakeholders, including grape growers, vintners, Master Sommeliers and others came together to develop an advertising campaign that would communicate directly to wine consumers with a tutorial on sustainability.

09/30/14

Templeton Education Foundation (TEF) was chosen as the beneficiary for Castoro Cellars "Beaverstock 2014" on October 13-14 - a two day, one of a kind Central Coast festival celebrating music, art, and community. And on Tuesday, the Udsen family of Castoro Cellars presented TEF with a check for $10,000.

09/30/14

Employers with 50 or more full-time employees working in almost all the Bay Area have until Sept. 30 to adopt a commuter-benefits program, under a government program. Covered employers within the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Marin, southern Sonoma, Napa, southwestern Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco) must pick at least one of four options.

09/30/14

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops - from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds - are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.

09/30/14

The city and county of Napa continue to operate the Napa Local Assistance Center at 301 First St. where residents and business owners can obtain earthquake assistance information and connect with resources.

09/30/14

How three companies are helping make better use of water in California

09/30/14

Over the weekend, Brown vetoed Senate Bill 25, saying he wanted a "balanced and fair" process

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

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