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09/29/14

It's harvest time in the Napa Valley, and the ground is rumbling with trucks and trailers of all sizes hauling ripe fruit to wineries up and down the valley.

09/29/14

In some west Napa areas, the hail piled up two inches deep, creating a Sierra winter landscape that prompted motorists to slow to a crawl or pull over. When they felt safe, some got out of their cars to take pictures.

09/29/14

A viewer in the Napa County community of Browns Valley took video of hail covering the ground like snow.

09/29/14

When all was said and done Friday night, hail was piled up in parts of Napa two inches deep

09/29/14

The sweepstakes white is the Selby 2013 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc at $15; the sweepstakes red is the Balletto 2013 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir at $42; and the sweepstakes specialty wine is the Windsor Vineyards N.V. Sonoma County Blanc de Blanc at $32.

09/26/14

With demolition all but certain for two Napa Valley Exposition structures and multiple exhibit halls in need of repair, the Expo's board of directors is faced with hard decisions on how to bounce back from the August earthquake.

09/25/14

"This is easily one of the best vintages ever for our zin," says Mick Unti of Unti Vineyards. "The low yields and warm summer have resulted in more concentrated flavors and brighter acidity." Unti also called his sangiovese and barbera some of the best fruit he has seen.

09/25/14

Smith-Madrone announces a new series of videos filmed by videographer Tom Sanders. The videos average around two minutes in length and feature both Stu Smith (the founder/enologist) and Charles Smith (winemaker).

09/25/14

Sustained growth of California wine sales have kept prices steady for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the state's 2014 grapes used in making these wines.

09/24/14

"Everyone was a little bit worried. It is expected to continue, the intrusion into the wine category of spirits and craft beers," said Robert Smiley, professor and dean emeritus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, who conducted the survey. It was released Tuesday at the annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa

09/24/14

Napa Valley hosts more than 500 wineries, but one is distinct: St. Clair Brown Winery is a producing winery in downtown Napa, has a garden tasting room and café, is about to open a brewery - and plans to add a full restaurant.

09/24/14

Principal executives at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars include Ted Bassler, CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Steve Spadarotto, its general manager. Marcus Notaro is its winemaker.

09/23/14

The winners of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition are being revealed Sunday, but the top three wines - the sweepstakes winners - have yet to be unveiled.

09/23/14

The new full-service restaurant and bar will be located at 1141 First St., in the space that had been occupied by Naked Wines.

09/22/14

Unemployment rates dropped throughout the North Bay in August, and the slowing of year-over-year job growth in the past few months mostly continued, according to preliminary state figures released today.

09/22/14

Next year's Barrel Tasting for Auction Napa Valley in early June will be in the valley's newest favorite meeting place, the impressive Hall Winery in St. Helena.

09/22/14

The new protocol could prevent as much as 5,000 acre feet of water - one-sixth of Lake Mendocino's current supply - from slipping down the Russian River before the end of November

09/22/14

Valley could have 1.8Msf of new warehouses

09/22/14

... geologists now say that the South Napa quake created more surface fractures than any known quake of its size in California.

09/19/14

Next year's Barrel Tasting for Auction Napa Valley in early June will be in the valley's newest favorite meeting place, the impressive Hall Winery in St. Helena

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