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Winegrowers in Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak AVA, the highest-elevation appellation within Sonoma County, are preparing their vineyards for the upcoming winter way ahead of schedule, thanks to an early harvest.


"The pressure chamber and infrared thermometer tell us when to irrigate."


When restaurateur and Food Network star Guy Fieri sought approval in April to build a new 10,000-case winery west of Santa Rosa, a county zoning board postponed voting ...


Cider has become America's fastest-growing alcoholic beverage segment, though still tiny compared to the nation's beer market. Even so, North Coast winemakers last month got the sobering news that for the first half of the year, cider sales increased by 3.4 million cases, or 69 percent, compared to an increase of 2.5 million cases for wine, or 1.5 percent.


On September 30, 2014, the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) approved the Mendocino WineGrowers, Inc. (MWI) application for a grant to fund their Grower Education Initiative Series, a comprehensive program that aids and facilitates grower operations throughout the region with key partners such as FarmLink, The Wine Institute, the University of California Cooperative Extension and others. In addition to these valuable relationships, MWI also works closely with the media and trade audiences to continue to raise awareness and promote the reputation of Mendocino County grapes and wines.


In this piece by Summertime in a Glass resident viticulturalist, Paul Zellman discusses water management in the vineyard during the California drought. He focuses on Lake County where Sauvignon Blanc is the second most grown winegrape (just behind Cabernet Sauvignon) in the region.


A three-part collaborative effort between Wine Industry Network (WIN), VESTA and Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is bringing a Sensory Evaluation Workshop to the North Coast Wine Industry Expo December 3 and 5, 2014. VESTA sensory instructor Zoran Ljepovic, Winemaking Quality Control at Constellation Brands, Oakville, CA, will be leading attendees through the principles of sensory evaluation used in commercial wine making.


Eagle Peak AVA is defined by mountainous terrain, cooler temperatures


A federal judge approved a settlement agreement Wednesday between Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and the National Parks Service, paving the way for the Point Reyes shellfish farm to close by Dec. 31 and ending a contentious two-year legal battle.


On October 1, 2014, Lula Cellars ( debuted a unique experience in wine tasting, with the opening to the public of its new 22-acre property, nestled amongst the rolling hills of bucolic Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, Northern California.


One of the leading proponents and co-drafters of the proposal for the new American Viticultural Region (AVA) of "Eagle Peak, Mendocino County,"


The State Water Resources Control Board announced this week that curtailed water right holders in the Russian and Eel river watersheds will be able to take advantage of significant early precipitation events on a limited basis.


A 'blessing' for growers: Picking was under way by Aug. 10, two weeks earlier than usual


The decision opens the door for the North Coast Railroad Authority and its partner Northwestern Pacific Railroad to expand freight service along the North Coast. Environmental groups Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, which sued the rail operators, have not decided whether to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.


Like most California wine grape growers, Nick Buttitta, started this year's harvest earlier than usual - in his case, in mid-September, about a week sooner than normal.


Sustained growth of California wine sales have kept prices steady for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the state's 2014 grapes used in making these wines.


Unemployment rates dropped throughout the North Bay in August, and the slowing of year-over-year job growth in the past few months mostly continued, according to preliminary state figures released today.


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

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