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08/28/14

The weather this season has been friendly to Lake County wine grape growers, reports David Weiss. His company, Bella Vista Farming Company, LLC, based in Kelseyville, Calif., manages about 730 acres of wine grapes, primarily Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon

08/26/14

Luckily for impacted growers, Healdsburg's program came online this year, providing roughly a dozen vineyards like Rued's free reclaimed water either via truck or through a pipeline where a direct connection can be tapped. The program, intended to offset the use of potable water and irrigate up to 25,000 acres in the Alexander, Dry Creek and upper Russian River valleys, is forecast to use 43 million gallons of treated wastewater per season, according to city data.

08/21/14

These local companies have added almost 1,400 employees in the past three years, according to data through last year provided to the magazine for the annual ranking. However, a significant number of those jobs are at company locations outside the North Bay.

08/19/14

The custom-crush industry in the North Coast has greatly expanded in the past year. The plants vary, but essentially provide one-stop service for vintners to crush grapes, make wine and transfer it into barrels and then into bottles - everything except marketing and sales.

08/11/14

A wildfire in Mendocino County grew by more than 1,000 acres Sunday morning and is only 30 percent contained as tinder-dry conditions continue to fuel fires around the northern part of the state, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials said.

08/06/14

The 67,000-square-foot facility focuses on complete sparkling winemaking production, white wine fermentation and still wine bottling. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place August 27 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the new wine production facility, which has been undergoing improvements since Rack & Riddle's long-term lease of the building began in October.

08/05/14

Mendocino's historic and richly deserved reputation as America's pot capitol is finally giving way to a new reputation as producer of world class wines. Medals are being awarded and critics are oohing and ahhing over the likes of delicious pinot noirs from Drew Wines and intriguing chardonnays from Parducci Cellars. Bigger winery names such as Cakebread and Duckhorn are adding vineyards, opening wineries, and celebrating the prestige of Mendocino terroir. Indeed, not long ago fruit was quietly shipped out of the county to make wines elsewhere. And yet, despite all of the long-deserved recognition, the locals greet these changes with reluctant enthusiasm and a whiff of skepticism.

07/31/14

Local grape growers have requested to have another hearing regarding the reversal of a decision that halted new state regulations regarding the use of water for protecting crops from frost damage.

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

The 2011 vintage marks the 11th release for Coro Mendocino, and includes wines from eight diverse Mendocino County vintners

07/23/14

Standing at a bar to taste wine is a curious affectation that's fully ingrained in the wine industry. But, the owners of Banshee Wines have turned that tradition on its head

07/02/14

Forty-five years ago on Max Yasgur's hillside field in Bethel, New York, a generation found its dream-a vision of peace, music, and joy that has resonated through the years. The dream endures, and it is called Woodstock.

06/30/14

The show, titled "20@20" and staged by the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, opened Sunday and runs through May 2015

06/30/14

You may submit comments on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule

06/30/14

The Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) has announce the results of the Lake County Wine Competition held June 11 and 12 at Brassfield Estate and Winery. The competition saw 150 wine entries representing 38 labels, an increase of 20 percent compared to the 2013 competition, according to Terry Dereniuk, LCWA director.

06/23/14

Clearlake Oaks - The fifth Lake County Wine Competition took place last week at the impressive Brassfield Winery located above Clearlake Oaks.

06/20/14

An appellate court has upheld state rules regulating how hundreds of farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties divert water from the Russian River to ward off frost. The rules, aimed at protecting fish, were struck down in 2012 by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman, who declared the law to be "constitutionally void" and "invalid."

06/20/14

An appellate court has upheld state rules regulating how hundreds of farmers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties divert water from the Russian River to ward off frost. The rules, aimed at protecting fish, were struck down in 2012 by Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman, who declared the law to be "constitutionally void" and "invalid."

06/13/14

Lake County wines are being put to the test this week with medals hanging in the balance at the 2014 Lake County Wine Competition. The public will be invited to taste the competition's winning wines at the 2014 People's Choice Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 14.

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