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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

12/07/18

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

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.

12/07/18

Sonoma County has developed a comprehensive plan to coordinate local resources when PG&E cuts power during high-risk fire weather, a document officials say is the first of its kind in the state. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, PG&E announced this year it would for the first time proactively shut off electricity when high winds, low humidity and warm temperatures create conditions conducive to fires.

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

12/06/18

The wildfires released 68 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2018, according to the US Geological Survey, or 15% of the state's total emissions. For comparison, all electricity use in California in 2016 produced roughly 76 million tons in emissions.

12/06/18

Jean-Charles Boisset on Wednesday announced Boisset Collection is buying the grocery store in Oakville and its sister location in Healdsburg from the Rudd family. The Rudd family is selling the store in Oakville, its Healdsburg location and the brand. The Oakville property includes a Victorian house built in 1877 which served as a tasting room for the Rudds' Durant & Booth wine. Opened in 1881, Oakville Grocery is the oldest continually operating store in California. Boisset envisions Oakville Grocery as a gathering place for tastings and for people to meet producers. The store will promote local, natural, sustainable and organic products ...

12/06/18

"We are thrilled to welcome Soleil to the team. She was a clear choice: she has a fresh and modern approach to food journalism," said Audrey Cooper, editor in chief of The Chronicle.

12/06/18

"Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's betrayal of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ignores respected scientists' research, circumvents the state's management of water and could negatively impact California water politics for the next decade. Without a public hearing. Without proper vetting. And possibly without the support of any West Coast senator except Feinstein"

12/06/18

The primary statute governing California brewpubs was recently amended by SB 1283, resulting in several changes for brewpubs that go into effect on January 1, 2019. The primary changes include heightened beer production requirements, the ability to sell beer produced by the brewpub for off-premises consumption, and the inclusion of brewpubs among on-sale licensees subject to quota restrictions beginning in 2020. The following are among the new provisions of California Business & Professions Code Section 23396.3 as a result of SB 1283:

12/06/18

In his role, Quealy will manage all consumer-facing channels including the tasting room, wine club operations, and lead efforts to bolster Thacher's sales and marketing reach. He will also help in developing new customer experiences.

12/06/18

Cooler temperatures and moderate weather lead to a long growing season, allowing grapes to ripen smoothly

12/06/18

Stolo Vineyards and Winery is the highest ranked winery on the Central Coast according to Wine Enthusiast's annual 'The Enthusiast 100,' which showcases the best wines of the year. Over 24,000 wines were reviewed for the coveted 2018 list and Stolo's 2016 Estate Syrah scored high marks with a 96 rating and #12 ranking, the only Central Coast winery in the top 20.

12/05/18

Ron Rubin is glad his heart is still beating, and he wants the heartbeats of North Coast visitors and workers to be restarted like his was nine years ago.

12/05/18

The limited-production release is a rebellious riff on old world French wines, featuring a tattered Bordeaux-style wine label. The product collection includes a Downhill From Here hoodie and T-shirt, featuring artwork created by the HUF design team in collaboration with Tank Garage Winery. This marks the first brand collaboration for Tank Garage Winery which crosses over into the skate and streetwear category.

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