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05/26/20

Other wineries remain frustrated that they're still not allowed to open.

05/26/20

As Sonoma County inches closer to establishing concrete guidelines for wineries in key tourism hot spots, county supervisors this past week questioned some of the definitions that regulators would use to ultimately limit the type and number of events at popular Wine Country destinations.

05/26/20

Wine Group chairman Richard Mahoney said in an email that Hardy, currently on the company's board of directors, will take the CEO post this fall, succeeding retiring CEO Brian Vos.

05/26/20

Senate Bill 939 would prevent commercial landlords from evicting certain small businesses and nonprofits during the pandemic. The proposal would also allow bars, restaurants and entertainment venues to renegotiate rent prices with their landlords if they've experienced a 40-percent drop in revenue or have limited their capacity by at least 25 percent to safely reopen their doors.

05/26/20

Despite the tourism ban under the state shelter-at-home order, the winery located in hills near Lake Hennessey went to the county Planning Commission on Wednesday with growth requests for the future. It got what it wanted.

05/26/20

Susan Johnson joins Bucher Vaslin North America as area sales manager for Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. She'll focus on winemaking solutions, including Bucher Vaslin equipment, Cazaux pumps, Costral bottling lines, CITF Alien optical sorting and Lamothe Abiet winemaking products.

05/26/20

Since acquiring the property in early-2018, Juan Pablo Torres Padilla, Managing Partner, has quietly assembled one of the valley's most impressive leadership groups, which includes General Manager Joshua Lowell, Estate Director Lisa Barker-Mullen, Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf and National Sales Director Daniel Horsch. Jeff Cole, who joined as winemaker in 2013 under the tutelage of Scott McLeod, continues as winemaker.

05/26/20

Enartis USA, a leading supplier of products and services for the wine industry, is pleased to announce that vineyard fertilizers BluVite and BluVite Red are Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) listed products allowing for their use in organic viticulture under USDA National Organic Program (NOP) regulations.

05/26/20

Dukelow announced the launch Thursday of Irreverent Wine, a monthly wine subscription service that promotes sustainable wine making and delivers it in a recyclable pouch that promises less waste and longer shelf life for quality wines.

05/26/20

A recent survey of farmers and ranchers conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliated Farm Employers Labor Service found nearly half of respondents reported losing off-farm income as a result of the pandemic and ensuing shelter-in-place orders. Other reasons were an inability to run an off-farm business; lost revenue from an agritourism property, vacation property, winery or other income-producing property; or closure of a nonfarm business because of shelter-in-place orders.

05/26/20

The event will run three consecutive Fridays from 1-3 p.m. Preregistration is required; the cost is $30 for each individual session or $75 for all three.

05/26/20

Drizly's initial partner retailers in Chattanooga include Eagle Liquor, Chattanooga Wine & Spirits, Easy Liquor and Wine, Riverside Wine & Spirits and Harry's Wine and Spirits. Drizly first became available in Tennessee in 2016 when it launched in Nashville, and since has expanded to Knoxville and Memphis.

05/26/20

MyCellar portal is accessible to all Octavian private clients and provides secure access to their stored wines, along with intuitive collection management tools. MyCellar enables private collectors to view, evaluate and track their collections with an unrivalled user experience, which Wine Owners has refined over many years with input from collectors.

05/26/20

Created by the Paso Robles CAB Collective, SommFoundation, and the Global Diagram of Wine. The Virtual CAB Camp included the unveiling of CAB Camp's Virtual Enrichment Trip, providing participants a deep dive into the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area)and its most widely planted varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux. The virtual format also allowed consumers to view the sessions on Facebook Live.

05/26/20

The new Opolo menu service is offered by RSVP daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations may be made online at www.opolo.com/reservations. Opolo is also open for wine pickup orders during those same hours.

05/26/20

Paul Golitzin, president and director of winemaking for Quilceda Creek Vintners, one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the state of Washington, announced that the winery has donated $365,000 to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF). The funds will assist disenfranchised restaurant employees who have lost work as a result of closures pertaining to COVID-19.

05/26/20

The critical period for grape cluster fungal disease protection is between bloom and bunch closure when grape clusters are highly susceptible to many pervasive fungal diseases. Powdery mildew, downy mildew, black rot, botrytis, ripe rot, and other fungal diseases can infect flowers and young berries. Integrated management practice options to optimize the control of these diseases during the early grape cluster developmental stage will be covered.

05/26/20

The comprehensive list of every restaurant ever featured on Check, Please! Bay Area. Browse by region, re-watch your favorite segments, and enjoy food reviewed by regular Bay Area residents!

05/26/20

Demand for boxed wine has spiked globally during the pandemic-the evidence (and improving quality) suggest boxed wine sales will continue to surge.

05/26/20

The main way that the virus spreads is from person to person, the CDC says.

05/26/20

Ingredient labeling would be GREAT for most wineries. Your wines are on the shelf and they say: "Ingredients: Grapes, yeast, sulfites."

05/26/20

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced that bars, wineries, distilleries, and breweries that do not have their own kitchens but that partner with meal providers will be able to sell alcoholic beverages to-go, as long as they are in a sealed container and in conjunction with a meal.

05/26/20

Under the new rules by the California Department of Public Health, wineries may also open for outdoor dining if meals are served. A win, win situation for Picazo restaurant and The Three Fat Guys Winery.

05/26/20

Whether you believe it's time to reopen the economy or not, diners aren't rushing back to restaurants. We need to step up with help before they're gone

05/26/20

From the outdoor patio at Russian River Vineyards, the coronavirus pandemic seemed nothing but a surreal fever dream. Honey bees flitted from purple to yellow blooms. A guitarist plucked a melody. Small groups of people held quiet conversations at picnic tables spread out around the patio.

05/26/20

As Northern California wineries begin reopening, some have started offering outdoor wine and food experiences, with social distancing protocols in place, while others are continuing their virtual tastings. Here's just a sampling of possibilities, including several virtual wine tasting options for areas where non-essential travel remains restricted.

05/26/20

With in-person dining now allowed in Riverside County, some restaurant owners are reporting lackluster turnout among customers so far.

05/26/20

Strings of his tie-dyed mask swinging, Jeff Mathews made rounds through Abbey Road Farm's makeshift tasting room, pouring Pinot gris.

05/26/20

Republican leaders have long tried to kill the U.S.P.S. Now the coronavirus is helping.

05/26/20

With approximately 3,500 acres of land, around 620 of which under vine, Ribbon Ridge is by far the smallest of Willamette Valley's seven subappellations. It may still be home to only a dozen wineries and 36 vineyards, but, as they say, some of the greatest things often come in the smallest packages.

05/26/20

Biochar is a promising soil additive for many reasons. For farmers, it can lower costs. For purists, it can lower human intervention in vineyards. For the ecologically minded, it's a great way to sequester carbon and reduce waste, as well as clean up soils and our atmosphere.

05/26/20

A mask with a remote control mouth has been developed by inventors in Israel that lets diners eat food without removing the protective facial covering, potentially allowing people to eat out during the coronavirus pandemic.