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12/11/18

What would be among the bigger developments in Napa County history - the Watson Ranch in American Canyon - no longer faces a potential project-threatening stumbling block.

12/11/18

Shed in Healdsburg will shut its doors at the end of 2018, closing the book on a charmed five-year run for Sonoma County's most ambitious combination restaurant, marketplace, event space and fermentation bar.

12/11/18

It's been 13 years since the plan was hatched to transform a 154-acre riverfront industrial plant south of Napa into a mixed-use community for hundreds of residents and businesses. It may not look like a lot is happening at the sprawling former Napa Pipe property, but the project actually is a passing a major milestone

12/11/18

It's no coincidence that terrible California water deals are made under the cover of opaque lame-duck sessions of Congress where the political rules are warped, or behind closed doors in Sacramento where state and local agencies have signed confidentiality agreements.

12/11/18

From the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the county, Rotta Winery is releasing the 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is a collaboration of Rotta Winery owner Sebastian Budeguer and Rotta Winemaker Christian Tietje.

12/11/18

To further the philanthropic spirit of their partnership, the Marley 'Rainbow' Country White Wine will support the efforts of Farm Up Jamaica, a non-profit formed to assist Jamaican farmers in the cultivation of organic food and reduce the importation of conventional, inorganic and genetically modified (GMO) foods.

12/11/18

Moore has kept secret her passion for winemaking and the wine brand she's created for over five years, bringing both into the public eye last year. Just last week, 85 cases of three wines from her Two Wolves Wine brand were made available for public purchase for the first time: a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc and a Petit Verdot. All three sold out the same day.

12/11/18

Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a new class as part of the Wine Studies Department for Spring 2019. Wine 123: Causation and Detection of Wine Faults is a six-week introductory wine sensory course designed to teach basic analytical wine tasting techniques and expose students to the causes and effects that result in flaws and faults in wine.

12/11/18

Dry Wells And Sinking Ground As State Struggles With Groundwater Crisis ... "The vineyards are killing us ... That's the problem, you know. They suck up all the water."

12/10/18

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau proposed a new designated wine appellation for Sonoma County on the western portion near the coast. The proposal was issued Thursday in the Federal Register.

12/10/18

The California Department of Water Resources withdrew its petition seeking approval of Brown's $17 billion twin tunnels plan, known as California WaterFix, which would take water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and deliver it to users in the south

12/10/18

The global investment firm Rabobank November 2018 Wine Quarterly included a few important takeaways from the Wine Industry Financial Symposium held this autumn in Napa, California.

12/07/18

These are the gloomy conclusions from two seminars at the Wine Industry Network Expo in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County

12/07/18

Wine Institute and Compli have collaborated to launch a members-only portal that provides state-by-state compliance information for wineries that sell through the three-tier system. This brand-new resource, which aggregates wholesale rules, documents and forms, is located on the Wine Compliance Rules website launched earlier this year. Most wineries sell through both the direct-to-consumer and three-tier channels. The site now provides information and resources for both the DTC and three-tier compliance rules and regulations.

12/07/18

When he was coming up in the wine business as a restaurant buyer in the 1990s, Calistoga winemaker-turned-grower Sam Spencer fell in love with Spain. Not the country, per se, but the vinos tintos - its red wines. Guided by savvy importers, the industry veteran became so enamored of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja and Ribera del Duero, that, just a few years later, he planted his family's Lake County property with the vine that ties these denominacións to each other and is the Spanish calling card to the rest of the wine world: Tempranillo. Two decades ago, Spencer wasn't the only North Coast vintner to focus on this noble, age-worthy variety.

12/07/18

A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.

12/07/18

The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has named Shelli Hendricks as its new director of education, effective Dec. 3, 2018. As director of education (DOE), Hendricks will be responsible for the program curriculum, in coordination with the four partner university deans, and for delivery of the leadership content presented in the campus and travel seminars.

12/07/18

What you need to know about the Golden State's new appellations

12/07/18

North Coast grape prices on the spot market are trending downward after a big 2018 harvest as wine case sales remain sluggish, wine industry experts said Thursday. "Sorry if it sounds like doom and gloom but it is what it is. Case sales continue to have an impact on the supply side," Bryan Foster, Turrentine's national sales manager of strategic brands said. Foster was speaking at the 7th Annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo & Conference in Santa Rosa

12/07/18

Wine industry pioneer John McClelland passed away peacefully on December 5, 2018 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Ann, son John and daughter Kristen. His 60-year career includes stints as the President and General Manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook. He served as Chairman of the California Wine Institute and has held leadership positions at the Wine Growers Association and the Wine Educators Associates.

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