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08/17/18

"I'm really excited about that," says Brittany Sherwood, often. She tags the expression onto the end of more than a few sentences as she speaks about her work at Heitz Cellar. The 28-year-old winemaker has been appointed to helm production at one of Napa's most storied labels, part of the changes underway here since the Heitz family sold the winery earlier this year to the Memphis, Tenn.-based Lawrence family,

08/17/18

Way back a long time ago, when "yelp" was something the cat did when you accidently stepped on its tail, 691 Broadway was a private home. We know it now as the home of HopMonk Sonoma, and the venue has an interesting backstory

08/17/18

Since August 2, 2018, the active fire perimeter of the Mendocino Complex Fires shifted into remote forest wildlands around 15 to 30 miles north of Lake County vineyards. Additionally, as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018, thousands of residents were able to return to their homes as evacuation orders lifted for most Lake County towns. Lake County winegrape growers are glad to see people back in their homes and back to work, striving for normalcy on all accounts.

08/17/18

While many wine country regions have welcomed revenue from new businesses, the somewhat-still-rural hamlet of Sonoma County clearly has conflicted sentiments

08/17/18

Mike Abatti's lawsuit has caused an uproar in Imperial County, an agricultural area in California's far southeastern corner that produces much of America's winter vegetables

08/17/18

"The current market for bulk wine, in many ways, has returned to what many consider to be a normal buying cycle in regards to buyers' purchasing habits. With buyers focused on wines for current bottling for the first time since the Global Financial Crisis, this doesn't feel normal to many, since it has been nearly ten years. We, as an industry, need to be cognizant of the differences between indicators of market change and annual occurrences without falsely giving meaning to that which happens every year, regardless of where we are in the wine market cycle"

08/17/18

Sonoma's grape harvest has begun

08/17/18

On Saturday, the group hosts its largest fundraiser, the yearly Harvest Festival at the Oxbow Commons, where the recipients of its academic scholarships will be announced. The group has granted more than $50,000 to date

08/17/18

At 10 months after the blazes, Signorello, Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa's Fountaingrove area and Frey Vineyards in Mendocino County's Redwood Valley are still at least a few years away from fully reopening, but they recently restored key functions such as tasting rooms, winemaking and main offices.

08/17/18

Clear skies have returned, but many have wondered if the temporary stratum of smoke had any ill effect on the ripening grapes in vineyards dotting those hills? Hardly, growers say.

08/17/18

The California 50 - much like the Bordeaux 500, Fine Wine 50, Burgundy 150 or Italy 100 - tracks the performance of the 10 most recent physical vintages from the five most prominent and actively traded labels in the secondary market. In this instance they are: Dominus, Opus One, Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate and Ridge Monte Bello

08/17/18

As one of a very few modern-era grape growers and winemakers in El Dorado County in the early 70's, John MacCready was a tireless promoter of the county as a promising wine growing region. His Sierra Vista Winery founded in 1977 was one of the first three El Dorado wineries in the modern wine business and his vineyard planted in 1974 was in rarified company

08/17/18

"Unfortunately, the drought has had negative aspects on farming but a positive aspect in that we have very, very small, intense grapes and we are making really, really beautifully dark wines," said Ben Mayo, winemaker for Riboli Family Wines.

08/17/18

The organization to increase local community outreach and education, positioning the farm bureau as "the premier policy organization" and "leading voice of Napa County agriculture," the announcement said.

08/16/18

After months of harsh criticism for Sonoma County's response to October's firestorm, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a slate of changes designed to improve the county's ability to handle future disasters

08/16/18

John MacCready passed away at home in Pleasant Valley, Calif. on June 24, 2018. He was 86. His wife, Barbara, of 57 years, was at his side. John was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Yuba City, California

08/16/18

The first gondolas have been hitting the Wine Country roads this week, signaling the start of the 2018 harvest season

08/16/18

Apcor, the Portuguese cork association, has launched a series of trade-targeted television adverts shot in Napa and Sonoma counties using winemaker testimonials

08/16/18

"His winemaking style might best be categorized as personality-driven. Like Sean Thackrey's endlessly fascinating offerings under his Thackrey label, Jussila's kukkula wines are rustic, eccentric and loaded with character ... "

08/16/18

Funds provide critical services for more than 22,000 children and their families

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