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Merrilees is interested in "getting the locals involved." Formerly with Bella Vista Farming Company and now with Shannon Stahl Vineyards, the New Zealand native moved to the United States in 2003. Merrilees said his goal is to reach out to Lake County residents and businesses to get them involved in the county's wine industry.


Brandt, citing his experience as director of compliance with Shannon Ranches, said his goal for his term on the board is to assist the county's growers in their pursuit of certification of sustainable winegrowing. He said he would like to encourage winegrape growers to become certified sustainable as another step toward improvement of wine quality for Lake County.


Total direct travel spending for the county was up 2.5 percent to $355 million


Fetzer is the largest winery in Mendocino County, producing 1.5 million cases of Fetzer wine annually, and 3.5 million cases for all associated brands, which include Bonterra, Jekel, and Little Black Dress

05/05/15 has launched the North Coast Classifieds, a bi-weekly, regional classified listing, serving Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.


How did you start doing business in Lake County?


How do you like your dirt? That is the question when it comes to terroir. Do you like salty sand? Chalky limestone? Wet granite river rocks? Root crops? Warm sunlit scrub and meadow grasses? High mountain fir-filled forest? Rushing Sierra stream with snowmelt? Earthy mushroomy loam? Adobe bricks baking in the sun? Redwood grove on a misty morning? Fog-kissed meadow grasses in the shadow of old moss-covered barns?


Because of the discovery, Morse said a quarantine is in the process of being established in conjunction with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which will work cooperatively with the county in establishing boundary lines for the Fort Bragg area


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

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