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02/28/18

The Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to place an initiative on the June ballot, a measure supporters say will protect oak woodlands and watersheds. Wine industry trade groups - including the Napa Valley Vintners, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Napa County Farm Bureau and the Winegrowers of Napa County - strongly oppose the initiative. ... "If this initiative passes, I think it will be the beginning of the demise of the wine industry here in Napa County," vintner Dario Sattui said. ... "It's overly restrictive and it's inflexible. We are highly, highly regulated"

02/28/18

Supervisors heard from 29 speakers over two hours, almost evenly split among Measure C proponents and opponents.

02/28/18

"I saw it as a special place when I first went there," Conaway said in a phone interview from his home in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. "But it has become jaded, and I guess I have, too." Conaway has been visiting Napa for more than three decades, first as a wine columnist, more recently as a freelance writer. His principal muse has been the valley's evolution from quiet agricultural enclave to the nation's most precious and popular wine region. ... From his visits he has harvested three books: "Napa: The Story of an American Eden" in 1990; "The Far Side of Eden: New Money, Old Land, and the Battle for Napa Valley" in 2002; and now "Napa at Last Light: America's Eden in an Age of Calamity" (Simon & Schuster, 336 pages, $26), to be released March 6.

02/28/18

Since Sunday, federal immigration agents in Northern California have arrested over 150 people alleged to have violated immigration laws, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday

02/28/18

The evening will begin with an al fresco wine reception overlooking the estate vineyards. Guests will then enjoy a custom dinner menu, created to pair perfectly with Vina Robles wines, and prepared by the Vina Robles executive chef, Randal Torres. Leslie Sbrocco, award-winning author and television host and wine industry expert, as well as a keynote speaker at WiVi Central Coast 2018, held Wednesday, March 21, will address guests with her insights on the future of the Central Coast wine industry.

02/28/18

Benefiting the Human Rights Campaign from May 1 to August 31, House Wine stands behind its "Everyone's Welcome in Our House" motto by donating $2 per case of special cans sold

02/28/18

After tremendous growth in recent years, winery owners reflect on what worked

02/28/18

Facing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, Southern California's largest water agency could vote as soon as April on whether to take a majority stake in the twin-tunnels project Brown plans for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

02/28/18

Kerith Overstreet has a number of vintner friends back home in Sonoma County in California who have brought cool cowboy stuff back from Houston - big silver belt buckles and even a saddle or two, the result of how well their wines have shown in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's International Wine Competition. And Overstreet has a super-competitive streak

02/28/18

Nine inspiring individuals are awarded for moving wine forward through their contributions

02/28/18

Google Shopping, which allows users to compare product prices from thousands of online retailers, has removed all 'gun' search results - even if the product is not gun-related

02/28/18

A federal judge on Monday temporarily barred California environmental officials from requiring cancer warnings on food products that contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate

02/28/18

Villa Marie is owned by Judy Wiemann, who launched the business, situated in an 18,800-square-foot building on 50 acres, about 10 years ago.

02/28/18

The injunction by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, issued late last week, could throw a substantial hurdle in front of efforts by the state Department of Food and Agriculture to control dozens of crop-damaging pests such as the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries bacteria that have decimated the citrus industry in Brazil and Florida

02/28/18

The wine industry unites to ensure that worker accommodation doesn't disappear in the aftermath of October's blaze

02/28/18

A regional South Australian wine body is calling for officials to crack down on weed spraying "recklessness", or banning products, amid a spike in reports of chemical damage due to spray drift

02/28/18

One of Australia's most prominent champagne educators and consultants, Kyla Kirkpatrick, has successfully raised $1 million in funding for her online champagne retail startup Emperor.

02/28/18

Conference emphasizes closer collaboration to drive growth in US wine industry