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06/04/21

The panel voted 5-0 during a Zoom meeting to have county planning staff go back and revise the draft measure that had spelled out rules covering parking and traffic management, food service, coordination with neighbors and noise limits for winery events outside city limits. Commissioners were concerned with language in the draft that they deemed too vague in defining certain activities as a "winery event" and others as "agricultural promotion events." The definition would would dictate different sets of rules governing event timing, food service and other activities.

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The Napa County Planning Commission on Wednesday voted for a continuance to allow more discussions between Kelly Fleming Wines and its neighbors.

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The board made clear the regulations are only a stopgap while it considers further easing COVID rules in coming weeks or months.

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The California Senate has passed two bills authored by state Sen. Bill Dodd to address the growing wildfire threat through more advanced firefighting technology and by easing the path to wider use of prescribed fire.

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Heffernan Insurance Brokers, in partnership with Napa Valley Vintners, is hosting a wildfire product fair on Friday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena.

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Philippe Melka on soil and sense of place. "Listen closely enough," he says, "and you can hear the vines talk."

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The Drop is an online wine discovery magazine. "What makes The Drop different is our willingness to ask provocative questions and bury tired wine tropes - whether we're myth-busting, trendspotting, or going deep on the science of wine."

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The 2021 SIP Awards surged with more than 1,000 competing brands from 49 countries - the highest since its inception in 2009.

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Established in 1991 as the grower-centric force behind the Lodi American Viticultural Area, the California-based organization represents 750 winegrowers farming more than 100,000 acres of winegrapes.

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Russell's Reserve 13 Year Old will be available in the United States at $69.99 SRP per bottle for a limited time only.

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Last year's NPW reached over 148 million consumers and saw over 500 stores participating in the national retail and e-commerce promotion. Retail partners reported significant increases in sales during the 2020 promotion, from +21% to +274% when compared to the same period in the previous year.

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Tesla filed for three new trademarks for the brand under the category of restaurant services

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In addition overseeing all customer programs at the company's 22-acre winery, hospitality and ranch property, Ploetz will also be curating experiences and events for the winery's newly completed Ambassador Club Room, according to the announcement.

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In the latest of his updates to the City Council on COVID-19's economic impacts, Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State University, reported a recovery in Napa and the nation that is running well ahead of the slog that followed the Great Recession's job losses more than a decade ago.

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Neither Jim Clendenen nor Dr. David Bruce chose the easiest path when they got into the merry-go-round we call winemaking.

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Amber Roberts, named Vice President of Enterprise, and Blake Hunter, named Senior Director of Data Science, will serve as valuable resources to the company's expanding artificial intelligence initiatives and rapidly-growing pipeline of retail, brand and marketplace partners.

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The grand opening is set for Saturday June 19th and reservations can be made at www.raindancevineyards.com.

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Local officials, including Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), will join Milbrandt Vineyards, Coeur Cause® Wines, and the Walk to End Alzheimer's® in Washington State to help raise awareness on this major public health issue.

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Snir Yael will be promoted to Vice President of Research and Development after previously holding the role of Director of Research and Development for two years at City Hive Inc.

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The gallery and premium tasting room is currently open Fridays through Sundays, with appointments available to view the gallery throughout the week.

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NØ MØ is a hoppy alternative IPA sitting at just 30 calories and coming in at under 0.5% ABV. Created with traditional brewing methods so craft beer fanatics will find a familiar flavor and mouthfeel, NØ MØ features Flaked Oats, Honey and Crystal Malts, and Pacific Northwest grown Citra and Mosaic hops.

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It is available in limited quantities and can be purchased directly at Do Good Spirits' tasting room or online in select markets at DoGoodSpirits.com for an SRP of $55.

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Compiled by Monique Bell, Ph.D, Chief of Cultural Insights and Partnerships, the directory provides a solution to the African Diaspora's lack of visibility to the $70 Billion wine industry.

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Atlas Peak AVA Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and Atlas Peak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 will all be released this month in limited quantities.

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The lineup includes United Ink Riesling 2020 (SRP: $12), United Ink Red Blend 2019 (SRP: $18) and United Ink Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (SRP: $18) from Washington's Columbia Valley, and United Ink Pinot Noir 2019 (SRP: $22) from the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

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The wine industry has been a tremendous boon for Sonoma County, but wineries can be annoying neighbors, too.

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The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in March 2020 had temporarily eased the ban on to-go alcoholic drinks as many restaurants had to shut down for in-person dining at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It's best known for producing Pinot Noir, but could the Oregon AVA be the perfect spot for Chardonnay?

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At $450, the Black Magic Cabernet Sauvignon is the most expensive bottle produced by Tor Wines in St. Helena. Right now, it's also the fastest-selling, according to winemaker Tor Kenward.

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Emjay, a Los-Angeles based cannabis delivery and retail company, said the candidate must be at least 21 years of age, live in Southern California and have "spectacular creative writing skills." They also must love smoking weed.

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After spoiling Midnight Bourbon's Preakness run, Rombauer will compete with two horses sired by Jackson Family Wines chairman Barbara Banke's legendary Curlin, and her La Crema brand completes the third leg of its Triple Crown pop-up tour

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Patrick Schmitt blind-tasted as many as 200 Pinot Noirs from around the globe last month for The Global Pinot Noir Masters.

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Alfredo Sannibale's workshop is packed with metal hoops, wooden staves, saws, and old Italian machinery, and filled with the smell of sawdust and motor oil.

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Appoints Dr. Atira Charles, Moët Hennessy, and Victoria Russell, Beam Suntory, as Chair and Vice Chair

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More than half of black, Asian and ethnic minority hospitality professionals have experienced or witnessed racism at work, according to a new Inside Hospitality Report from Be Inclusive Hospitality.

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The long-term survival of Cabernet is on a lot of people's minds.

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"We're definitely seeing a trend toward very artistic, hand-drawn, minimalistic expressions on labels-almost like little fine-art pieces," says David Schuemann, owner and creative principal at CF Napa Brand Design.

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Clear as mud. The revised emergency standards are expected to go into effect no later than June 15 if approved by the Office of Administrative Law in the next 10 calendar days. Some provisions go into effect starting on July 31, 2021.