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07/29/15

The week-old fire was given a burst of energy by rising temperatures, wind gusts and low humidity, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

07/29/15

If California gets more aggressive in requiring irrigation districts -- and particularly so-called senior rights holders, whose claim to divert and use water dates back more than a century -- to curtail water use, some property rights lawyers think they can sue the state.

07/29/15

"We have purchased grapes from this property for years, often blending select lots into our Rutherford Ranch line of Chardonnays. When the Branagan family, which has owned the property since the early 1900's, said they wanted to sell the vineyard, my family jumped at the opportunity. 2015 will be our first harvest as owners and plan on using the fruit in our Rutherford Ranch and Scott brand portfolio."

07/29/15

Riccardo Kanakari announced today that the historic TIPO wine brand name (as well as iconic logo and dynamic new label design) is being offered for sale. TIPO was going to be re-introduced to the public in November.

07/29/15

So far this year, state firefighters have responded to nearly 3,900 blazes - a 41 percent increase from the same period last year. The fires have burned 28 percent less area than last year.

07/29/15

Henson plans on applying his passions for balance, varietally-correct, and terroir-driven winemaking ...

07/29/15

Wells are going dry, jobs are harder to come by and families are already moving, either to different states or even Mexico in search of work.

07/29/15

Tight water supplies haven't dampened a high-quality California table grape season

07/29/15

Brain previously held the winemaking lecturer position at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is one of Central California's most respected vintners

07/29/15

For Pietro Buttitta, a winemaker and chef trying to establish his own winery in Oakland, it makes good sense to do things a little differently. To him that means taking the contemporary approach of crowdsourcing funds and eventually pop-up dinners to create a home for his Old World craft. He is hoping that crowdfunding platforms will be where the magic really happens.

07/29/15

During its 10th anniversary season, the festival offerings have expanded in depth, breadth and deep-pocket fundraising for public school arts education programs, free community concerts and Napa Valley Youth Symphony scholarships

07/29/15

Taking full advantage of a spectacular, approximately 20-acre wine country setting, this graceful blend of architecture and agriculture at 6201 Starr Road in Windsor is situated on a gently sloping knoll and encircled by approximately 16 acres of high-quality Pinot Noir vineyards. Mature oaks and breathtaking wine country views create a stunning backdrop

07/29/15

Experts say rain will be accompanied by a heatwave, drawing in monsoonal moisture to the parched state, but lightning may trigger more wildfires

07/29/15

Midnight Cellars Winery is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Paso Robles. Established in 1995 by the Hartenberger Family, the winery has been a part of Paso Robles wine country's stellar growth in popularity by producing award winning wines indicative of the region. On Saturday, Aug. 22 Midnight Cellars Winery will hold an anniversary celebration to commemorate their 20 years in business.

07/29/15

Small distillers could charge for tastings and sell a few bottles ...

07/28/15

The old conventional thinking was that big crops don't produce great vintages. James Laube says that just isn't true ...

07/28/15

A San Francisco couple who want to build a winery and creamery on Sonoma Mountain Road overlooking Bennett Valley will have to undergo a significantly more extensive planning and environmental review process under terms reached in a settlement deal between the county and neighbors who opposed the project.

07/28/15

Two new restaurants opened earlier this year: Evangeline, in the long-vacant Wappo Cafe space near the main intersection; and Sam's Social Club, at the 27-acre Indian Springs Resort on the north end of town. There also have been a handful of renovations at such renowned restaurants as Solbar, JoLe and the Calistoga Inn

07/28/15

We are not here to all match our footsteps to the lowest achiever among us, but to follow in the footsteps of success. We understand there's an EIR under which we need to abide, but surely there's room for interpretation

07/28/15

... Ted Baseler, President & CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; David Freed, Chairman of The Silverado Group; Robert Smiley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; Damien Wilson, Ph.D., Hamel Chair of Sonoma State University and Ian Harris, Chief Executive, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust ...

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