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09/18/14

When Margrit Mondavi came to Napa Valley five decades ago from South Dakota, she saw an economy that was still reeling from Prohibition and World War II. There were about 20 makeshift saloons along the dirt streets of a Yountville - sans French Laundry. The valley did have wine, though it did lack the sophisticated culture Robert Mondavi and she pioneered in the succeeding years.

09/18/14

Now in their mid-80s, each walks with a cane. They're practically Sonoma County icons, and yet there's plenty we don't know about them.

09/18/14

Napa has followed the state's lead in further tightening curbs on water use in the face of California's severe drought.

09/18/14

An "iron vineyard" sculpture housed at the Napa Wine Train's depot in California was "yarn bombed" by a group of stealthy knitters.

09/18/14

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the expansion of the Davies Family Winery production facility, and to allow tours and tastings in a new building

09/18/14

Thanks to continued mild weather, the North Coast grape harvest remains ahead of schedule and some winemakers may even finish picking their fruit by the beginning of October, according to growers and analysts

09/18/14

The land where the Guilliams Vineyards currently occupies has been known to grow wine grapes since 1890. As the latest proprietors of this property, husband and wife John and Shawn Guilliams purchased the property to make their own hand-crafted wine

09/17/14

Jackson Family Wines has launched a new wine division that will focus on Burgundy varieties.

09/17/14

Winemakers in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley have a golden opportunity to add the first fresh and meaningful term to wine labels in decades, but they're blowing it

09/17/14

Over the years, the event has grown in reputation and significance until today, 20 years later, is has raised more than $200 million for brain research

09/17/14

The Robert Mondavi Winery celebrated its 49th Blessing of the Grapes ceremony recently, and, it proved to be an historical, ecumenical and international affair

09/16/14

The former Fetzer food and wine center in Hopland is now making Rhone- and Italian-inspired wine under the Compovida label.

09/16/14

The 28th annual Wine Country Film Festival returns to Sonoma County next week, offering an early look at Reese Witherspoon's newest movie, and a personal appearance by actor and musician Keith Carradine.

09/16/14

The E&J Gallo Winery has donated US$100k to the American Red Cross to help winemakers affected by last month's earthquake in Napa.

09/16/14

Custom cellars drive sales; launches wholesale

09/16/14

Efforts in the California Legislature to provide Napa County residents and government agencies some relief from the Aug. 24 earthquake stalled before the session lapsed Aug. 29, and will have to be brought back in December or January.

09/16/14

A local company thinks its new technology for isolating a room or a portion of it from violent earthquake motion enough to protect priceless ancient statues in a museum could also save tall tanks and stacks of barrels such as those that twisted, toppled and ruptured in the recent south Napa major shaker

09/16/14

Three Sonoma Valley creeks, and two in the counties of Solano and Napa, saw increases in water flow after the quake, according to the local Press Democrat. U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist Tom Holzer said the Survey has received reports of eight streams flowing more than usual.

09/15/14

Joseph Gallo, the company's president and CEO, said the donation was being made "on behalf of our employees and their families."

09/15/14

Bank estimates damage to Napa wineries and vineyards at $80 million

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