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05/28/15

A vote to recommend establishing a 40-acre minimum parcel size for new Napa Valley wineries, with possible exceptions to be explored later, fell short of the two-thirds majority, 9-8

05/28/15

The Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation celebrates its third year of graduates from its groundbreaking English literacy program. Fifty-two (52) farmworkers graduated from the four-month course designed specifically for Napa County farmworkers to assist them with their English literacy and communication skills in the workplace.

05/28/15

An advisory panel on Tuesday recommended Napa County refrain from adopting new regulations that would prohibit the net loss of vineyard acreage at wineries seeking permits to build or expand on their property.

05/27/15

Originally planted in 1863, the Glen Ellen facility was one of the first wineries in California. The 60-acre property has 41 acres of vineyards. Expected annual production is 35,000 cases

05/27/15

Rod Berglund, Board President of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW), announces the annual Russian River Valley Passport Weekend (formerly called Passport to Pinot) - the renowned winegrowing AVA's two-day celebration, taking place June 27-28, 2015. The highly anticipated weekend of events explores the rugged beauty of this Sonoma County wine region and its hidden gems; including world-class wines, local food and unmatched hospitality.

05/27/15

Within the next two years, three new hotels are set to open in Napa County, adding more than 350 rooms and generating significant tourism revenue.

05/27/15

Austin, a Santa Rosa resident, is the president of the board of Wineseum, a California Wine Museum project that is aiming to bring much of the state's rich vinous and viticultural history alive in ways that will entice visitors not only for exciting first visits, but also for return visits by virtue of changing up its offerings and exhibits.

05/27/15

If you've driven Highway 29 north of St. Helena, you may be wondering what is happening at the Freemark Abbey Winery and the old stone building that once housed the Silverado Brewing Co.

05/27/15

In 2014, the Napa Valley welcomed a total of 3.3 million visitors, which represents an increase of 11 percent from 2012 (with 2.94 million visitors), when the last Napa Valley visitor profile was conducted. In 2014, 86.4 percent of visitors were from the United States and 13.6 percent were international visitors, which represents a more than 88 percent increase in international visitors from 2012, or 211,000 additional visitors from outside the U.S.

05/27/15

An advisory panel on Tuesday recommended Napa County refrain from adopting new regulations that would prohibit the net loss of vineyard acreage at wineries seeking permits to build or expand on their property.

05/27/15

BottleRock is coming to town. And whether you're going to the festival or not, it'll be hard to miss the tens of thousands of music fans streaming to and from the Napa Expo

05/27/15

"We're not forgetting about our core wholesale distribution-that's still a huge factor for us. But as we grow, we want to grow the direct-to-consumer business faster, which from a dollar sales standpoint, is much higher-priced."

05/26/15

The killer, vintner/businessman Robert Dahl, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 16 after a police chase that ended some 10 miles away on a rural road in the western hills of Napa county

05/26/15

"In close proximity to some 400 wineries, and perennially hot in the summer, Sonoma is an immensely popular vacation destination," Hipmunk observed in a press release. "The Northern California hotspot has a limited number of hotels, so in the summer, prices accordingly skyrocket."

05/26/15

Markham Vineyards came to the county Planning Commission this week with a seemingly straightforward proposal: increase annual wine production but make no change in the total number of visitors allowed at the tasting room. But little comes easy for the Planning Commission these days when it comes to wine

05/26/15

The county restaurant scene keeps growing in size, variety and, its advocates say, quality

05/26/15

"This has to be the 'A' party of all the parties that've been held in the Napa Valley," said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, who was mistress of ceremonies

05/26/15

"Nobody wants to stay small. Everybody wants to grow their business"

05/26/15

Severe weather on the East Coast and drought in the Sierra made for a lousy winter for many. But it looks like such conditions actually benefited Napa Valley tourism in the early months of this year

05/22/15

Editor's note: This is the second part of a three-part series, written by James Conaway. The article was originally published in the University of Virginia Quarterly Review and is reproduced with permission from the University of Virginia. Part 3 runs on May 29.

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