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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.

10/15/18

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

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

"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.

10/12/18

These custom and quirky guided tours of Napa and Sonoma offer you all the perks of a vineyard visit without having to drive.

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

10/11/18

Gandona Estate winery in the mountains near Lake Hennessey won county rules exceptions so it can build a small expansion while avoiding an ancient landslide. The winery at 1533 Sage Canyon Road asked to build a two-story office and storage structure near its winery building. The lone suitable spot on the Pritchard Hill property with stable soils is within the setback for an access road and on a slope exceeding 30 percent

10/10/18

The evening will feature a three-course meal prepared by Florence and Robert Mondavi Winery executive chef Jeff Mosher and a screening of Florence's new documentary film, "Uncrushable," which highlights the heroism, humanity and resiliency of the affected wine country communities. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Napa Valley Community Foundation to assist with continued wildfire relief efforts.

10/10/18

Newton Vineyard takes part in the Journées Particulières, a bi-annual event by the French luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, created in 2011 at the initiative of Antoine Arnault. This year's edition of Les Journées Particulières will run from October 12th to 14th, welcoming the public on four continents, and stretching to the United States for the first time.

10/10/18

Terri and Mark Stark, owners of Stark Reality Restaurants in Santa Rosa, learned in the wee hours of Monday morning, Oct. 9, 2017, that their first-ever restaurant, Willi's Wine Bar, had burned in the fires.

10/10/18

Without warning, Signorello Estate went up in flames 30 minutes after the Atlas Fire swept through Silverado trail in Napa on the night of October 8th. The tasting room burned to the ground. Two images captured how it stood before and after.

10/10/18

Ray Signorello was all smiles Tuesday, a year and one day after his family's winery burned to the ground during last year's devastating October fires. Two years from now, Signorello and his team plan to open a brand new facility among the estate vineyards spared during the blaze that started during the night of Oct. 8, 2017.

10/09/18

"I cherish every minute with my mom and dad. I seek opportunities for real and intimate conversations. I have a hard time tolerating B.S. I have lost patience with having goals versus action"

10/09/18

Exactly one year after the most destructive fires in state history laid waste to parts of wine country, a pair of local wineries are rising from the ashes

10/08/18

To be sure, permitting delays, construction labor shortages and price increases for building materials all factor into rebuilding timelines. Insurance payouts, however, are pivotal in determining whether people have enough money to build a new home after a disaster. One year after the fierce wildfires, fewer than 50 homes of the more than 5,300 destroyed in the county have been fully rebuilt. Insurers' delays in paying homeowners' claims are the main reason

10/08/18

The light and airy dining space reveals the mindful, sophisticated design of renowned Napa Valley architect Howard Backen

10/08/18

Christopher Thornber, founding partner of Beacon Economics, projected Sonoma County would approve 2,500 to 2,600 building permits in 2018, a "fantastic" figure, he said, that represented "a giant surge" in construction

10/08/18

The new permit the Planning Commission approved last week allows Davis Estate Winery to boost production from 30,000 gallons to 100,000 gallons a year and expand its cave area by 10,820 square feet, to 24,170 square feet. It also allows the expansion of the parking lot from 14 spots to 31 striped spaces and another 45 overflow spaces; and increase staff from five full-time employees to 25. A left-hand turn lane is planned on the Silverado Trail to guide vehicles onto the property.

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