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10/16/18

The Kroger Co. is boosting its grocery delivery capabilities through a new partnership that will provide home delivery of wine in certain markets.

10/16/18

"We're kind of cranky at the moment," said Aden, who lives in Middletown. "We're thankful we're not on fire."

10/16/18

kukkula is pleased to announce its 2015 Aatto was named one of the world's Top 100 Wines in 2018 by Wine & Spirits Magazine. The accolade appears in the current (Winter) issue.

10/16/18

An easy, mild and uneventful growing season rolled into harvest in the same manner, with mild temperatures, overnight fog and afternoon winds, providing the extra hang-time desired for optimum phenolics and naturally balanced acids the region typically enjoys.

10/16/18

Sbragia Family Vineyards, the winery founded by renowned Winemaster Ed Sbragia, has opened a second tasting lounge in the town of Sonoma. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last week as the winery celebrated the milestone of its official opening and expansion to Sonoma Plaza.

10/16/18

PG&E had cut electricity to several communities in seven Northern California counties late Sunday in an unprecedented shutdown to prevent the possibility of a spark from a power line igniting a wildfire that might whip through tinder-dry brush amid high winds and low humidity.

10/16/18

Around 21,000 PG&E customers remain without power as of midnight today after it was turned off on Sunday night due to high wind and fire risks in Northern California, according to PG&E officials.

10/16/18

The wine industry scored a small win in Sacramento recently, bringing a handful of post-Prohibition laws up to date in the age of social media.

10/16/18

UC Davis, Department of Viticulture and Enology announced the passing of Jim Wolpert via their Facebook page. Original located at: https://bit.ly/2NG0sjS

10/16/18

About 20,000 PG&E customers remained without electricity throughout Northern California early Tuesday morning, two days after the utility company shut off power to nearly 60,000 as a wildfire precaution.

10/15/18

ROOTSTOCK gives the industry a chance to connect with friends and colleagues, experience new technology firsthand, gain access to the latest products and services, and raise a glass to the 2018 vintage at a happy hour that follows the day's events.

10/15/18

"The constant breezes and warm weather are drying out clusters after the recent rain, providing excellent tannin maturation and phenolic complexity at reasonable brix," writes Gordon Waggoner of Acumen Wines.

10/15/18

Set to renew her Faustini trademark, which expires next week, Michelle Faustini learned that attorneys for Huneeus filed a petition to cancel her trademark and block the renewal, deeming her use of her family name as "a variation on (Faust's) mark … merely adding two syllables at the end." is this trademark bullying? ... Michelle Faustini is proud to put her last name on her Napa Valley wines. She's been doing so since 2005.

10/15/18

About the U.S. wine industry and its relationship to digital utility, Mabray believes it is "incredibly nascent." For brands adopting digital, he sees large steps toward success through understanding past failures and/or data.

10/15/18

James and Heidi Barrett filed suit in federal court alleging Measure D violates their constitutional rights under the fourteenth amendment. They also filed a complaint in Napa County Superior Court, saying provisions of the Napa County ordinance are vague and shouldn't be enforced. Measure D passed with 61 percent of the vote. ... "Stopping or limiting the use of a helicopter would result in significant economic injury to their businesses, including their ability effectively to manage their own vineyards and to provide consulting services to other vineyards"

10/15/18

10/15/18

According to the cooperage firm, Duckhorn worked previously for 12 years in Shanghai, most recently as CEO for the EVE F&B Group as well as consulting on three winery projects in western China.

10/12/18

"Crops in general are picking over estimates," said Brian Clements, partner of Turrentine Brokerage, a Marin County-based dealer and marketer of grapes and bulk wine. "Wineries for the most part are not taking overages." ... Sonoma County is about half-done with the harvest, after a sprint at the beginning of this month, according to Karissa Kruse, president of Sonoma County Winegrowers ...

10/12/18

Eventually, City Council members will have to face up to the challenge of taking a vote, and declaring themselves in favor of the major industry that supports our town, or not. Meanwhile, the wine industry keeps changing, and Sonoma's cherished position high atop the world of Wine Tourism is evolving. Market share is not a given, and economic success in the highly competitive world of destination tourism is subject to large trends ... The fires of a year ago have reduced overall visitation; some wineries have never recovered. Numbers are down at tasting rooms and wineries, and cyclical trends all point to a national retrenchment in the years ahead

10/12/18

SB 1300 - Restricts Employer Releases and Nondisparagement Agreements and Codifies Standards in Harassment Suits ... SB 820 - Restrictions on "Secret Settlement" Nondisclosure Agreements ... SB 1343 - Expanded Harassment Training Requirements ... AB 1976 - Expands Lactation Accommodation Obligations ... SB 826 - Requires Female Presence on Public Company Boards of Directors Headquartered in California ... AB 2282 - Clarifies Salary History Legislation

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