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Halfway through April, with shoot growth in his Mendocino County vineyard ranging from about 2 inches to a foot or so, Jason McConnell was anticipating bloom could begin in some of his earliest blocks - Chardonnay or Sangiovese - by April 25.


Ending five straight years of expansion, new vineyard development leveled off on the North Coast in 2014 as growers turned their attention to replanting existing vineyards.


'Momentum 2015' highlights market trends and grower programs


Lula Cellars Kicks-Off Festival Weekend with Friday Night BBQ at New 22-acre Property, Pours at Festival's Grand Tasting on Saturday & Hosts a Winery Open House on Sunday


Bear Republic Brewing Company has been named the 2015 Small Business of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Administration's San Francisco District, which includes the San Francisco Bay Area and portions of Northern California.


The contest is only open to the wines with 75 percent of their grapes sourced from the North Coast, including AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, plus parts of Marin and Solano counties. A total of 1,054 entries qualified for the competition.


Located just "over the hill" to the east from Napa Valley, Suisun Valley has long been known as a purveyor of wine grapes sold to many well-known Napa wineries. Little by little this Solano County AVA, around since 1982, has seen wineries taking root and attracting acclaim.


It's all part of a complex, rather uncommon gift from Mother Nature


"Selling Through the Tasting Room" and "How to Build a Profitable Wine Club"


This proposed national monument would take in 350,000 acres of federal lands in Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Solano, Glenn, Colusa and Yolo counties. Various federal agencies would have to coordinate management for the lands they oversee


When a group of self- described "social entrepreneurs" late last year launched a campaign to raise money and support for a self-contained, green-minded city of 10,000 residents on vineyard property in a Mendocino County valley several miles east of Hopland, local ranchers stayed mostly mum on the lofty proposal.


The Lake County Winegrape Commission is pleased to present Momentum 2015 on Monday, April 13, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Soper-Reese Theatre, 275 S. Main Street, in Lakeport


On the surface, Lake Mendocino appears to have plenty of water, especially when compared with the near-record low levels that turned most of the lake into a mudflat last year. But the lake's water level already has begun a steady decline that has farmers and water officials concerned it could again shrink to near empty by the end of this fourth year of drought.


It may soon be easier to turn grapes to wine here in Shasta County. (Subscription required)


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.

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