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Proposed rules for San Joaquin County wineries add more definitions to describe the dinners, weddings, parties and other events that had become the center of controversy as the growing success and popularity of the Lodi wine country began to bump up against country life and other farming in the county's rural areas.


Availability of water isn't the only doubtful factor in Steve Dee's plans this year. He'll also need to find 100 or so workers to pick, dry and box grapes during the month-long harvest.


The public will have an opportunity to weigh-in on this first draft during a meeting scheduled for later this month


"With the current drought situation, I don't expect another big crop this year since some San Joaquin Valley vineyards face a very limited water supply and limited options," he says. "However, with all of the recent new plantings in the state, 4 million tons may be the new normal."


Modesto-area wine grape growers, who have enjoyed good times in the past few years, might have to dig in to endure the drought.. One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day.


One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day


In recent decades, crops exported from San Joaquin County have thrived. The wine, almond, walnut and other industries have boomed. New programs have been adopted that create safer environments for workers and educate students about the food in their fridges.


The winery and distillery operated by O'Neill Vintners & Distillers in Parlier in Fresno County could be one of the main beneficiaries of a new strategic partnership the company has made with Cecchetti Wine Company.


A stretch of warm and dry weather in California's Central Valley has facilitated a vibrant almond blossom, signaling that spring is on its way.


Stanislaus County supervisors agreed to rezone 4.6 acres from residential to industrial for constructing the parking lots for a 116,000-square-foot office building at Gallo's campus on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto


federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project -- California's largest water delivery system -- will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas


Multi-generational business has proud past, eye on future


To economically survive these days, every wine grape vineyard and winery must continually evolve or else face a closed door by consumers looking for the latest and greatest products elsewhere.


County planning commissioners Thursday are expected to take up the controversial topic of temporarily halting the addition of new, so-called "marketing events" at wineries in rural San Joaquin County.


In the world of dried fruit, America has no greater outlaw than Marvin Horne, 68.


Dante Robere Vineyards will participate with 30 other local wineries in Barrel Tasting Weekend on March 23 and 24. We will offer tastes of our 2010 San Francisco Bay Zinfandel and our 2012 Livermore Valley Chardonnay direct from the barrels. Find us at Eagle Ridge Vineyards!


Rubino, Italian for Ruby, is the new label from the nearby Ruby Hill Winery, and features wines with an Italian heritage.


Quality versus yield is the age-old debate between growers and winemakers. How to find ways to balance the two promises to spark a lively discussion during the general session on Wednesday, March 20 at WiVi Central Coast, the industry's newest and largest tradeshow and symposium


Lodi's wine business community has increasingly sought trade partners with foreign countries, especially such rapidly growing markets as China and Hong Kong.


Some farmers on the west side of the Central Valley might be growing more dust than crops this year as the federal Central Valley Project slashes water deliveries to agricultural customers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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