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02/26/15

Innovation + Quality 2015, a new forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality, is happening next week on March 4 in the Napa Valley.

02/26/15

Cork Supply USA announced the hiring of Joe Joralemon as a sales consultant to cork and closure clients in North Napa; his home is in American Canyon.

02/26/15

Tanner Campbell has joined the Cork Supply USA team as a sales consultant and will be serving cork and closure clients in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties; his home is in Santa Rosa.

02/26/15

Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will kick-off it's 2015 Spring Seminar Series with two new seminars on March 12. The seminars, "Exploring a Career in Wine Business" and "Setting Up Your Wine Business from a Legal Perspective" come as a direct response to inquiries from individuals looking to begin a career in wine business.

02/26/15

A federal judge appears close to ruling on a local Indian tribe's efforts to seek federal recognition, with potential future implications for Napa Valley land use.

02/26/15

Wolk serves the 3rd District that includes Napa County and southern Sonoma County. Earlier this month, Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, was appointed chairman of the Assembly Select Committee on Wine

02/25/15

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW), a non-profit marketing and educational organization dedicated to maintaining the agricultural diversity of the Russian River Valley, today announced the appointment of Rod Berglund as the 2015 board president.

02/25/15

The North Bay economy is expected to experience continued growth as a diverse mix of industries expand, but the region struggles to attract and retain leading businesses in technology, according to a Sonoma State University economist.

02/25/15

Fieri had nearly a month to file an appeal after the Board of Zoning Adjustments voted unanimously against his proposal for a 10,000-case winery, a new wine tasting room and permission to host 14 events per year. The preliminary 5-0 vote on Jan. 22 was finalized on Feb. 3. Fieri did not file an appeal by the county's deadline, which expired last week.

02/25/15

Wine Country is starting to take a good hard look at itself. Residents in both Napa and Sonoma counties are organizing to challenge recent proposals for new and expanded wineries/event centers in rural areas. With the Sebastopol City Council unanimously voting no at its Feb. 3 review of the huge Dairyman Winery proposal and the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 10 to discuss winery over-development, a backlash against winery over-development is gaining steam.

02/25/15

The Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week approved the new American Viticultural Area (AVA). Overall, it encompasses 38,000 acres in a section of eastern Sonoma County that borders Napa County and isn't covered by any other AVA.

02/25/15

A proposed Melka Winery near St. Helena has scored an initial victory at a time when some people are questioning whether Napa Valley has too many wineries.

02/25/15

As destructive as last August's road-buckling, home-cracking earthquake was, seismologists say even more powerful temblors are in Napa's and the Bay Area's future.

02/25/15

Premiere Napa Valley is always a first glimpse into what the future of a vintage has in store for us. The events this past week confirmed what we've been hearing from our vintner and winemaker friends for a while … that 2013 is another outstanding vintage across the board for the Napa Valley. The wines in general were intense, complex and delicious

02/24/15

"Mike is well known in the region for his water conservation practices and bio-dynamic farming. Conserving and wise water policies are needed to keep the iconic salmon industry strong, along with California's water dependent economy. "

02/24/15

The result of this mad scientist experimentation? Some of the clones -- such as pinot noir clones 779 and 927 -- made great wines. Others had what Crumly calls "too much stuffing -- bigger flavors and tannins than we'd want for delicate sparkling wine. What we learned is which clones give us nice, balanced, softer wines."

02/24/15

Firefighters were responding Monday afternoon to reports of a structure fire at Angelo's Meats, the longtime Petaluma smokehouse owned by Angelo Ibleto

02/24/15

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon proves a large draw, sends average bottle price for all wines to $286

02/24/15

The proponents of Windsor's newest hotel are getting some slack from the town when it comes to paying hefty impact fees.

02/24/15

Wendy Peterson, for almost 15 years the executive director of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, has announced her retirement effective this coming July. Her departure may mark a turning point in the bureau's 350-member business organization's mission of promoting Sonoma Valley as a visitor destination

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