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01/30/15

Winemaker Chris Howell is an unabashed fan of brettanomyces in his wines, and makes unique, savory Bordeaux blends in Napa Valley

01/30/15

The expensive wine stolen from The French Laundry is now back home in Yountville, the Napa County Sheriff's Office reports

01/30/15

Napa-based Portocork America has weathered the storm by staying the course, responding with a 15-year focus on quality control that has helped it become the leading natural cork producer in North America, with an estimated 35 percent market share. About 1.5 million corks are produced each day by 40 employees at the company's 50,000-square-foot facility in Napa

01/30/15

The Land Trust of Napa County has received a $10,000 donation from The Hess Collection, generated by the winery's participation in the "One Percent for the Planet" environmental advocacy program

01/29/15

"We are grateful to our bidders, vintners and community volunteers who make it possible for the NVV to contribute to many organizations doing good work in our community," said Linda Reiff, president and CEO of the Napa Valley Vintners. "This new web presence allows us to share inspiring stories, along with the breadth and depth of our giving, in a visually compelling way."

01/29/15

General admission single-day passes for the third annual BottleRock Music Festival in late May went on sale this week at BottleRockNapaValley.com and Eventbrite.com. A limited quantity of single-day tickets for the May 29-31 festival will be available at $99 per person

01/28/15

Bottled good will kicks off the 10th anniversary of Charlie Palmer's Pigs and Pinot event March 20 & 21, with the limited production of a 2013 pinot noir that is a blend of wines from 12 Sonoma County wineries.

01/28/15

Chardonnays from France, California, New York and even Bulgaria were collected for a historic first, the largest blind tasting of that time of one single varietal.

01/27/15

'A really positive sign'

01/27/15

Sonoma State University's Wine Spectator Learning Center is set to be a state-of-the-art facility with classrooms and outdoor space to teach more than 300, venues for public seminars and events, and technology to reach the world. (TLCD Architecture)

01/27/15

Are North Bay salmon still up a creek without a paddle? That's what officials from the Sonoma County Water Agency will ask when they meet Wednesday to discuss the agency's 15-year plan to sustain the Russian River watershed.

01/26/15

For Kevin Sea, it was more about the chemistry. Sea came to that realization as he worked as an audit manager for Deloitte & Touche LLP in San Francisco during the mid-to-late 1980s.

01/26/15

While not as prominent as a bath of Gatorade or a champagne spray, Sonoma County wines will be featured at next year's Super Bowl to be held at Levi's Stadium.

01/26/15

That price breaks down to $48,000 per planted acre, close to double what was being paid for vineyard acreage in the late 1990s, when there was a big run on grapes

01/26/15

The slowdown, which is affecting all U.S. ports on the West Coast, has had a big impact for local businesses that rely on foreign imports and exports. Sonoma County companies exported $1.04 billion worth of goods in 2013, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Commerce

01/26/15

... on Feb. 8 to benefit scholarships and students in its wine studies, culinary arts and hospitality programs

01/23/15

The renamed Sonoma Music Festival is scheduled for October 2-4, 2015. Tickets will go on sale in February, with a "95476 discount" for locals

01/23/15

The Alabama native, now of Brooklyn, has delivered five albums since his 2003 debut, the latest being "Muchacho." The new release, Houck said, "flashes another color" to his shifting sound: the "ragged country and bittersweet gospel" of his first CD through a tribute to Willie Nelson and a subsequent "plunge into country rock and Americana."

01/23/15

In Sonoma County, economic indicators such as job growth and low unemployment are very positive, he said. This is primarily due to county's ability to transform itself into a 21st Century economy after the Great Recession.

01/23/15

Although his family winery is based in Healdsburg, David Ramey has little regard for county-line pigeonholing when it comes to his acclaimed cabernet and chardonnay wines.

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