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07/29/14

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer and daughter Cleo will release the first estate-grown Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay from their Wayfarer Vineyard this fall, 16 years after purchasing the remote, unplanted parcel in the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast.

07/29/14

For the first time a premium beer has been brewed with the finest Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon grape must. The line is blurred between the finest of craft beers and the most prized of Napa Valley wines with a project that delivers the combined passions of Etienne Hunyady of Bolgheri, Tuscany, Jan-Erik Paino of Ruhstaller Brewery in Sacramento, California and M. F. Dunn of Oakville, California.

07/29/14

On July 8, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the ability for certified farmers markets, like the Napa Farmers Market, to allow one winery per market to sample and sell their wine, albeit with a hefty set of conditions. As part of our ongoing mission to increase educational opportunities and build a diverse, robust market, the Napa Farmers Market is going to test the viability of having wine sampling at our market throughout the rest of this season.

07/28/14

Local grape growers and farmers are taking their fight over controversial rules governing frost protection to the state's highest court, escalating a legal battle over regulations meant to protect endangered fish in the Russian River and its tributaries.

07/28/14

New regional rules could impact 141,400 acres of vineyard properties

07/24/14

Councilmembers approved the plan after City Attorney assured them decision wouldn't set a legal precedent for future projects

07/24/14

Loren came at the invitation of Festival del Sole. Napa Valley's Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem, friends of the festival since its inception nine years ago, commissioned American composer Daniel Brewbaker to write a musical tribute that received its world premiere last weekend during the actress's visit

07/24/14

It was an interest in wine as a commodity that brought Thomas Lake Harris, the self-proclaimed "Father and Pivot and Primate and King" of the Brotherhood, to Santa Rosa in the late 19th century.

07/24/14

Smooth jazz superstar Dave Koz marched a small platoon of sax players onto the Robert Mondavi Summer Festival stage last Friday for the first of a pair of season-ending concerts

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

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

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

"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

07/22/14

"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."

07/21/14

"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

One of the last vestiges of the old Napa Valley is about to disappear. Milat Vineyards and Winery, the modest family-owned reminder of how the valley was before big money took over, is closing at the end of the month

07/21/14

Raymond Winery and Vineyards has agreed to delay its expansion project for another month after a meeting this week with planners so more ...

07/21/14

Actress Sophia Loren was the guest of honor at Far Niente Winery in Oakville on Saturday evening for "Bella Italia!," a tribute to the film legend attended by 400 fans, film stars and culinary and political VIPs

07/21/14

esfaye Alemayehu and Sara Hall won the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon presented by Newton on Sunday

07/21/14

Also: Lake County Winegrape Commission opens new offices; Wine Road donates $25,000 to food bank; Flavor Napa Valley coming in late November; 20 Cuban sommeliers to tour North Coast wineries

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