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12/28/16

(December 27, 2016) - Dr. Vincent Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at California State University, Fresno, is remembered today by University President Joseph I. Castro as "an extraordinarily talented man who shared his special gifts as a Fresno State professor by educating new generations of viticulture and winemaking leaders." The University received notice from his family of the passing this morning of Dr. Petrucci, who taught at Fresno State from 1948 until 1993 and helped establish the University's renown viticulture and enology academic program.

12/28/16

He brings more than 35 years of manufacturing and production leadership to this role, and specializes in improving the measurable efficiencies of production line equipment

12/28/16

Clos du Val, is undergoing a complete revamp, and from that, there is good news and bad news

12/28/16

A fast, non-controversial winery decision rang down 2016 for the Napa County Planning Commission.

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For Craig and Kathryn, the decision ended more than eight years of effort to win county approval for the vineyard project. They are Walt Ranch owners

12/28/16

Stewart Cellars' fast-casual café introduces new menu items focused on winter produce. Grab breakfast, lunch, or a snack to go, or stay and enjoy the thoughtfully-designed Stewart Cellars Yountville property

12/28/16

"I hear that story a lot," says Ravenswood founder and winemaker Joel Peterson. "It was affordable, and made in a classic style to give people a sense of what real wine was."

12/28/16

Mexico's booming wine country of Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California recently welcomed the chic BRUMA winery, a large complex constructed with a natural materials palette to blend beautifully into its surroundings. TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual designed the BRUMA winery as part of a 75-acre masterplan that includes a bed and breakfast, pool, spa, event space, and restaurant. Rammed earth and recycled wood feature prominently in the rustic winery building

12/28/16

For Amador County grape grower and winemaker William "Bill" Easton, the year was going great until the fall harvest. Then he broke his right arm and sustained a deep gash to his left leg when he was catapulted through the air while unloading by hand a grape-bin trailer from a large flatbed trailer in one of his vineyards

12/28/16

When you choose a cabernet sauvignon to pair with a steak, do you think about where the grapes are grown? At best you may think of Napa vs. Sonoma counties, but do you consider whether the vineyards are in the valley or on a mountain top?

12/28/16

The year just past was one of change for many in the wine industry, though not so much for true visionaries who could read grape leaves and who made key decisions years ago that paid dividends in 2016.

12/28/16

The North Coast had a second year of high-profile, big-value sales of wine properties and brands, and those in the thick of such deal-making said the spigot on such transactions likely will remain open in 2017