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08/21/17

Laffort will be hosting a Grand Opening Open House Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the new location: 164 Johnson St., Windsor, CA.

08/21/17

At stake is whether Knights Valley, a pristine grape- growing region dividing a corner of northern Sonoma County from Napa Valley, will get its second winery, or whether local concerns about the potential strain on precious groundwater supplies and other issues will prevail

08/21/17

Napa's largest law firm, Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, has made a name for itself serving the legal needs of the wine industry

08/21/17

The developer of the Black Elk boutique hotel and restaurant got the Planning Commission's blessing for a five-story metal-and-wood structure at 728 First St. It would pack 27 guest rooms - with a space-saving automated garage beneath - within just over a third of an acre, in a neighborhood where the nearby Oxbow Public Market and CIA at Copia are drawing more traffic and interest than ever

08/18/17

Titus Vineyards wants to double wine production from 24,000 gallons annually to 48,000 gallons annually and raise the visitor cap from 40 people daily to 60 daily. Saddleback Cellars wants to increase production from 8,000 gallons annually to 24,000 gallons and increase the visitor cap from two people daily to 15, among other things.

08/18/17

Is To Kalon a place? A brand? A historical landmark? Certainly it's a vineyard. But whose? Six owners lay claim to portions of this 678-acre site in western Oakville. But do all of these portions count as the "true" To Kalon? Who's entitled to use the To Kalon name? And who decides?

08/18/17

Round Pond Estate has named Jaime "JJ" Dowell as the new winemaker overseeing all aspects of the winemaking process at the family-owned and operated winery.

08/18/17

C Mondavi & Family has hired two new vice presidents for their marketing and sales teams. David S. Brown will now assume the senior vice president of sales role, while Mark Koppen will take over as the new vice president of marketing. Both decisions are effective immediately.

08/18/17

California lawmakers joined forces in Napa on Wednesday, hoping to glean experts' views on two of the most pressing issues facing the state's wine industry: sustainability and farmworker housing.

08/17/17

Record winter rainfall, a mild spring, a scorching summer and a serious labor shortage are just some of the challenges Sonoma County winegrowers have experienced this year. Being tested as never before, local winegrape farmers began the 2017 harvest for sparkling wines in some parts of Sonoma County late last week with early expectations calling for a high-quality vintage crop of an average tonnage size.

08/17/17

Matthew Glynn has been appointed the new General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Provenance Vineyards after earning an enviable reputation over the past decade as Senior Winemaker at Acacia Vineyards, crafting memorable Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Napa and Sonoma.

08/17/17

In 2016, travelers spent a total of $1.9 billion in Sonoma County, compared to $1.3 billion in Napa County, according to an annual economic impact report. The area attracts approximately double the three million visitors who come to Napa County every year.

08/17/17

With harvest coming in the next couple of months, new general manager Jen Berman has dived in, hiring a cellarmaster and preparing to hire a small harvest and cellar crew. The Lodi winery team is also pitching in for this year.

08/16/17

All new winery applications presently go before the Planning Commission. The county is exploring a faster track for proposed wineries that would produce 30,000 gallons or less annually and meet other "small winery" criteria. They would go to the Zoning Administrator. Meet the Zoning Administrator. He's county Planning, Building and Environmental Services Director David Morrison or whichever staff member he designates.

08/16/17

According to statement from the Sonoma County District Attorney's office, Sandra Suzanne Turner, 65, of Cloverdale, was sentenced on Aug. 10 by Judge Robert LaForge to serve three years and eight months in state prison after having entered "no contest" pleas in June of this year to one count of felony grand theft and two counts of felony forgery. The charges resulted from an investigation that revealed Turner had embezzled approximately $194,000 from Paul Hobbs Winery during her time as a bookkeeper for the company.

08/16/17

Founded by Josh Jensen in 1975, Calera played a pivotal role in establishing the Central Coast as one of the New World's most exciting wine regions. Calera will continue to produce its acclaimed portfolio of wines at its seven-level, gravity-flow winery in Hollister, California. All key personnel, including Winemaker Mike Waller, will remain with the winery. Jensen, who is 73, will continue to remain involved at Calera, and will join the Duckhorn Wine Company Board of Directors, where he will serve alongside his longtime peer, Dan Duckhorn.

08/16/17

Festival to showcase films starring Maude Apatow, Ashanti, Ellen Burstyn, Asa Butterfield, Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan, Zosia Mamet, Dash Mihok, Nick Offerman, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lakeith Stanfield, Usher and more

08/16/17

Calera founder Josh Jensen steps back from the Mount Harlan winery he established in the 1970s.

08/16/17

People buy land next to picturesque vineyards then complain about the noise.

08/15/17

The 347.93 kW PV system includes over 1,000 panels and was installed on the building roofs at Black Stallion Estate Winery by Sunworks. The system reduces carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 377 metric tons per year, which is equal to taking 79.6 passenger vehicles off the road, reducing 902,773 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, or planting 357 acres of U.S. forests.*

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