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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

07/30/14

Thorn Hill Vineyards will soon be the newest resident of the commercial space at 1234 Main St., the former home of "On the Vine" apparel shop.

07/30/14

Jim Huntsinger, the executive vice president of Trinchero Family Estates, has announced that he will retire at the end of 2014.

07/30/14

Pulido~Walker recently named wine and hospitality expert Daniel Ha as its estate ambassador, as the ultra-luxury winery expands its operations.

07/30/14

You can take the boy out of the cellar, but you can't take the cellar out of the boy. After a brief hiatus from the wine business, Sam Sebastiani has returned for a third act with La Chertosa, a small wine brand he hopes will showcase his family's heritage.

07/30/14

The problem with this business model is that it demands more and more people to be drawn into our delicate region and the cumulative impacts of such development encroach upon the shared common resources, such as water, roads, public utilities, emergency services, etc., of the citizen stakeholders (residents, homeowners, taxpayers, etc.).

07/30/14

A vigil service for Torres, a woman who has made a tremendous difference to a large group of local nonprofits, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the St. Helena Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, also at the St. Helena Catholic Church.

07/30/14

Company Focuses on Ultra Premium Winemaking for Individuals, Small Wineries and Vineyards

07/30/14

County leaders will see proposals from their staff within a couple of weeks

07/30/14

The fire burned near several wineries - many owners now waiting to get a closer look at their vineyards. On Capital Public Radio's Insight Tuesday morning, Rob Campbell of Storey Winery says he talked to a fire official about the retardant used

07/29/14

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast.

07/29/14

For the first time a premium beer has been brewed with the finest Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon grape must. The line is blurred between the finest of craft beers and the most prized of Napa Valley wines with a project that delivers the combined passions of Etienne Hunyady of Bolgheri, Tuscany, Jan-Erik Paino of Ruhstaller Brewery in Sacramento, California and M. F. Dunn of Oakville, California.

07/29/14

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is pleased to announce that LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards of Lodi, California has won the platinum medal in BRIT's 2014 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition. LangeTwins topped the field this year based on the winery's on-going programs that address the three elements of sustainability-environment, economic, and social-as well as wine taste.

07/29/14

The ground is sinking because farmers and water agencies throughout the Central Valley are pumping groundwater heavily from far beneath the Earth's surface to make up for the lack of rain. The problems caused by this sinkage are many, with no easy fix in sight.

07/29/14

California's three-year drought has sparked a surge in demand for wells in the state's agricultural heartland. With federal and state allocations of surface water reduced to a trickle, growers are searching deeper underground for sources of water to keep their farms from ruin. The clamor has overwhelmed California drillers and pump installers, forcing some farms to hire contractors from neighboring states.

07/29/14

The public is invited to join the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) for a seminar titled, All About Rootstock and Unusual Varietals of the Paso Robles Region. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, at J. Lohr Vineyard, located at 6169 Airport Rd, Paso Robles, Calif.

07/29/14

On July 8, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the ability for certified farmers markets, like the Napa Farmers Market, to allow one winery per market to sample and sell their wine, albeit with a hefty set of conditions. As part of our ongoing mission to increase educational opportunities and build a diverse, robust market, the Napa Farmers Market is going to test the viability of having wine sampling at our market throughout the rest of this season.

07/29/14

Naked Wines has started trialing same day delivery in San Francisco and may eventually take the concept to London, UK.

07/28/14

Local grape growers and farmers are taking their fight over controversial rules governing frost protection to the state's highest court, escalating a legal battle over regulations meant to protect endangered fish in the Russian River and its tributaries.

07/28/14

The Lodi District Grape Growers Association will hold a local water seminar at 10 a.m. Aug. 7 at Oak Ridge Winery, located at 6100 E. Highway 12.

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