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Barra and Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman came up with the idea when she was desperate to get people to pick the 175-acre vineyard she and her husband own in Redwood Valley, about 40 miles north of Sonoma County.


... you probably haven't heard of Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak. There's a good reason. Not until 2011 were the two mountains that rise from Alexander Valley at the Sonoma-Mendocino County border approved as an AVA


Harvesting wine grapes is a hot, dirty, physically challenging job, but Clinton Durant, a Mendocino County Jail inmate, is happy to have the opportunity to work and earn money through an unusual new jobs program initiated this summer by Sheriff Tom Allman


Donna Rose had the winning ticket


Record fund-a-need of $174,000 in a poignant tribute to late auctioneer David Reynolds and to directly support cardiac care at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital


Probably no other Sonoma County grape grower can say they worked out with Jack LaLanne at an Oakland gym or pumped iron at Venice Beach


Approximately 300 vineyards and 12,000 acres of wine grapes in Napa County were released from a European grapevine moth (EGVM) quarantine in late August.


Partners acquire 17 acres of Pinot Noir and plan future vineyard purchases


... why make Paul Dolan Vineyards wines without Paul Dolan?


It has been fashionable for some time for people to claim they'll drink anything but chardonnay, and yet the stylistically eclectic white wine belies its doubters, remaining the most popular wine of any color in the United States.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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