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12/15/17

On a normal day, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn has about 400 employees on site at any given time. At full occupancy, the resort hotel has about 400 guests.Monday, October 9, was not a normal day.

12/15/17

Conservation Easement on 4,461-Acre Property Marks One of the Largest Ever in Napa County

12/15/17

Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley's signature wineries, has announced the retirement of its longtime winemaker, Julianne Laks, and the promotion to winemaker of Stephanie Jacobs, the winery's assistant winemaker since 2008.

12/15/17

Brown, whose name many associate with high-scoring bottlings for wineries such as Schrader Cellars, Kinsella Estates and Charles Krug, says he was particularly attracted by the opportunity to work with Ferrari-Carano's Alexander Valley and Knights Valley sites---in particular, the winery's newest vineyard, Maacama Ranch.

12/15/17

Rick Bonitati will take over Jan. 2 as the new CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma County, in addition to serving as senior vice president for the Western Operations of French American Vintners, the winery announced today.

12/15/17

Wine country is recovering from wildfires, but rebuilding tourism remains a challenge.

12/15/17

Interestingly, after having reached out to a number of wine-industry professionals in Northern California, it seems as if any drop in tourism has been more a result of potential visitors' perception than it is of reality. Fortunately for the vast majority in the Northern California wine business, a rebound seems to be underway in terms of the visitors who are so important to the local economy.

12/15/17

Fair directors have said the Expo, which is under state and not local control, requires more productive use of its Napa facilities

12/14/17

Family owned and farmed since 1858, the Robert Young Estate Winery, one of California's most renowned winemaking properties, has broken ground on their new hospitality and tasting house in Geyserville just north of Healdsburg.

12/14/17

Steve Kistler, and Managing Partner, Bill Price, of Kistler Vineyards jointly announce that Steve is stepping down as CEO and Director of Winemaking in December 2017, after 39 years of managing the iconic winery he founded in 1978. Steve will move on to focus on winemaking at his family's Occidental brand, crafting site specific Pinot Noir with his daughters.

12/14/17

Rombauer Vineyards has appointed Heather Rehnberg as Director of Marketing. Reporting to Chief Operating Officer Bob Knebel, Rehnberg leads the Napa Valley family-owned and operated winery's marketing efforts throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is based at the winery in St. Helena.

12/14/17

The hospitality industries in Sonoma and Napa Counties initially took big hits with the October wildfires as tourists shied away from the region, Santa Rosa lost two hotels, and restaurants lost business at a crucial time of year.

12/14/17

This has been tough year for America's west coast vineyards. Wildfires in October in Northern California and this month in Southern California have left acres of wine country scorched and black. While California's 2017 grapes have been safely harvested already, winemakers around the world are wary about a threat that is ...

12/14/17

Conservation Easement on 4,461-Acre Property Marks One of the Largest Ever in Napa County

12/14/17

The state's move has put two North Coast lawmakers, State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, on a warpath to advocate for the type of small-scale outdoor marijuana farms in the cannabis-rich Emerald Triangle region and its cannabis commerce hub in Sonoma County, and protect local governments' ability to coax farmers out of the black market to become tax-paying cultivators

12/13/17

"I feel like the Sonoma Valley wine industry, which is the only wine industry I care about, is already hurting," said Councilmember Rachel Hundley. "I don't want to do anything that will essentially kick them while they're down." But she decided to approve the measure with special concern over the question of the local-sourcing aspect of new Sonoma tasting rooms.

12/13/17

Combined with November announcement of $6.2 million for community health, NVV giving now totals $180 million for Napa County nonprofits since 1981

12/13/17

The acquisitions are the latest in a string of purchases by Vintage Wine Estates over the past year and will mean the winery has an annual portfolio of 2 million cases. A purchase price was not disclosed

12/13/17

that will require Sonoma County officials to take a more active role in restructuring the outdated collection of special districts and volunteer fire departments, some of them dating to the 19th century

12/13/17

The average daily room rate dipped 19 percent and occupancy sank 22 percent, according to data from Smith Travel Research. This will mean reduced hotel tax revenue to local government

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