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07/23/14

Last week John Roncoroni, a Napa-based UC Cooperative Extension weed science advisor, held a field demonstration about the efficacy of herbicides newly registered for vineyard application. He had laid out 25 treatment plots and rated the herbicides for weed control in vineyards.

07/23/14

Jared Lane, vice president of marketing, expects to finish the Princess and Flame Seedless by the end of July before moving on to Scarlet Royal.

07/23/14

Timely spring rains and good-performing wells plus a frost-free spring and warm growing conditions have contributed to the promising prospects for this year's crop.

07/23/14

St. Helena's Stu Harrison, 68, retired on July 1, after 42 years in the wine business, most recently at Tim and Carissa Mondavi's Continuum, their winery on Pritchard Hill.

07/23/14

Among the many things to do in a typical July in Southwest Riverside County are free concerts in the park, Hot Summer Nights events in Old Town Temecula and leisurely visits to the more than 40 wineries that fill the countryside

07/23/14

The West Sonoma Coast Vintners are capturing a specific set of circumstances within a subset of the vast Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley AVAs (American Viticultural Area), what they like to call "California's Côte d'Or," or Gold Coast

07/23/14

Standing at a bar to taste wine is a curious affectation that's fully ingrained in the wine industry. But, the owners of Banshee Wines have turned that tradition on its head

07/23/14

After 43 years in the wine business in Napa Valley, Carl Doumani was looking for a retirement plan; he found it earlier this month, selling his Quixote Winery to a Chinese company for more than $20 million.

07/23/14

California's worsening drought and mandatory new state water rules are prompting Bay Area water agencies to beef up their conservation staffs -- the employees sometimes called "water cops."

07/23/14

Have you ever tasted a glass of Lodi Zinfandel and wondered if you could make your own? It's quite possible with the help of organizations such as the Lodi Amateur Vintners Association

07/23/14

"Both have different language that is more burdensome to ag in general, that we are very cautious about," says Garrett Buckland, vice president of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, an organization of Napa County viniculturalists and wine-related businesses

07/23/14

"It's only going to work in this state if you foster a real open, transparent dialogue with everybody involved."

07/22/14

"Moving from Australia's most highly regarded Cabernet region of Margaret River to the USA's most highly regarded Cabernet region Napa Valley presents an amazing opportunity."

07/22/14

Created by Sarah Berger of Makers & Allies, the new artwork is an abstract impression of a Baileyana Acacia tree blossom.

07/22/14

You must be at least 18, enrolled in an accredited beer-brewing or winemaking class, and you can only swish the drink around and not actually swallow

07/22/14

A Californian winemaker alleged to be behind an anti-Semitic website is thought to have fled to Canada after the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest

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.

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