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Wine Country is starting to take a good hard look at itself. Residents in both Napa and Sonoma counties are organizing to challenge recent proposals for new and expanded wineries/event centers in rural areas. With the Sebastopol City Council unanimously voting no at its Feb. 3 review of the huge Dairyman Winery proposal and the Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 10 to discuss winery over-development, a backlash against winery over-development is gaining steam.


Plans for 40 new acres of vineyard atop a hill abutting Hidden Valley Lake homes is causing a stir in the community as some residents seek the county's help in creating stricter mitigations to protect their quality of life


Tracey Hawkins has been elected an alternate district director for the Wine Institute. She will represent District 1, which consists of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity counties. Her term is for one fiscal year.


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Mendocino County grape growers crushed a much smaller crop last year, but earned higher prices for those grapes, according to data in the Preliminary Grape Crush Report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday


W. Blake Gray tries to figure out where Anderson Valley fits among California's Pinot Noir regions.


producer of award-winning Lake County wines continues its growth


The ninth annual Wine and Chocolate ... and More event takes place Feb. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Mt. Konocti Winery. The event, a benefit for the Lake County Family Resource Center (Lake FRC), spotlights Lake County's award winning wines and pairs them with chocolate and food from local restaurants and caterers. Sommelier Stephanie Green provides the pairing expertise.


The Feb. 1 deadline has been pushed back a few times because of various legal challenges, but this year growers who use water for frost protection near the Russian River in Mendocino and Sonoma counties will need to make sure they're in compliance with a state-mandated water-use plan


"It's not just a trivial inconvenience of a night or two," said Mark Scaramella of five large fans owned by three of his neighbors in Boonville that typically get turned on for several hours beginning at midnight.


Lula Cellars Debuts First Vintage of its 2012 Mendocino Pinot Gris at Mendocino's Crab, Wine & Beer Festival in January; Pours at Anderson Valley Wine Association's 10th Annual Alsace Wine Festival Grand Tasting in February


It was a year in which Mother Nature delivered drought, heavy rain and a major quake centered in Napa, but also a near-perfect winegrape harvest. And it was a year in which major investments were made in the North Bay that will pay dividends for years to come


All Barra wines are made with 100 percent estate-grown grapes from the 200-plus acres of organic-certified vineyards the family owns across the county. And what a deal ...


Ms. Theodora Lee never intended to make wine. But, she did love farm life. As the granddaughter of Texas sharecroppers who raised cattle, Lee was driving a tractor, with gusto, by the age of 8


The Healdsburg winery reported a net loss of $100,000 for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, or 3 cents per share, compared to a $33,000 loss from the same period in 2013.


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.

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