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The winemaker from Graziano Family of Wines talks about pruning his old vine Carignane and electric pruning shears.


"I'm still going to stay open, if you want to send a SWAT team and come and cuff me, come on and do it," said LeTowt.


If a totally off-the-grid compound with multiple houses to spread out in is sounding pretty good right now, be prepared to swoon over this property that just went on the market in West Marin for $20 million.


Nearly two months into the lockdowns to flatten the spread of the novel coronavirus, year-over-year hotel occupancy rates for last week of seem to be stabilizing in the North Bay area and across the country, according to new data from STR, a hospitality industry and data analytics firm.


Jim McCormick's passion for collecting antiquities from the wine industry has led him to amass 4,500 artifacts, nearly spawned a museum and landed him a spot on a popular cable TV show.


The Albatross Pub has been an enduring fixture in Berkeley ever since the early 1960s as its entertained guests with live music, board games and a selection of beers on tap. But amid the ongoing shelter-in-place orders, the pub is holding on by a thread.


Banking industry groups said Tuesday the SBA's loan processing system is still unable to handle the volume of loan applications from business owners trying to get aid under the Paychceck Protection Program


The North Bay fishing industry hopes to catch a break when salmon season opens May 1, using a different form of bait to sell its ocean bounty.


Beckstoffer Vineyards farms about 1,000 acres in Napa Valley, 1,300 in Mendocino County and 1,800 in Lake County, where the company has been planting about 200 acres annually for the past five years in the Red Hills appellation.


The business challenges brought by the response to the coronavirus are apparent everywhere. But less apparent, the ways organizations and people are reaching out to help. Here's a sampling of businesses' responses to the crisis


Going into the sixth week of the coronavirus lockdown, the concerns of the California wine business near the beginning of this year of a 200,000-ton oversupply of grapes seems like a memory to Dan Zepponi, CEO of Napa Valley's Cuvaison winery.


The new bottles will be lighter, reducing energy usage when shipping the wines across the nation. Additionally, the glass will be produced from recycled materials, furthering their commitment to sustainability and the environment.


These winners will be profiled in the May 18 edition of the Journal:


Third Leaf Wines, an importer and distributor, 'owns and represents' brands such as Mulderbosch from Stellenbosch, South Africa; Empire Estate, and Vinny from Finger Lakes, NY; ... and Waters from Walla Walla, WA ... the news release is vague about the terms of the business relationship, though Third Leaf typically takes an equity stake


Three days after the official start date for banks to begin accepting the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program loan applications as part of the CARES Act relief package and coronavirus loan relief options for businesses, some banks have delayed implementing this process, while striving to set up internal handling procedures.


Solano County has its own wine country in the Suisun and Green valley areas, and they offer plenty of tasting opportunities.


"These are the hardest decisions and conversations we have ever had to make," she said. "The situation changes every day, and each day we have to add to the list of furloughed employees."


In response to steps county officials are taking to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, the North Coast Wine Challenge has been postponed. However, organizers are still accepting entries at


The release of the 2019 California Grape Crush Report shows the statewide winegrape crush totaled 3,919,146 tons, down 8.4 percent from 2018, and the Lake County crush totaled 47,246 tons, up 2 percent from 2018.


Registration is Now Open for Momentum 2020. Register today for Momentum 2020, which takes place Thursday, March 26 at the Soper-Reese Theatre in Lakeport.*

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