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02/22/17

Capitalizing on growing thirst nationwide for the higher-end wine the North Coast is known for is intensifying demand for sources of capital, according to longtime local lenders

02/15/17

Educational Session: Listen to and interact with winemakers from around the globe as they discuss winemaking and grape growing specifically for Alsace varietals. Continental breakfast will be served

02/14/17

Joseph Jewell Winery, the small family-owned winery located in picturesque Sonoma County, California, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Winemakers and co-founders, Adrian Jewell Manspeaker and Micah Joseph Wirth, have spent the past ten years remaining steadfast in their philosophy to produce distinctive, soulful, and delicious vineyard-designated wines.

02/08/17

Small-venture owners are more optimistic about revenue and hiring than others in California, according to a new survey from a major SBA lender.

02/06/17

North Bay small-business owners seem to be a bit more hopeful about their revenue and hiring projections for this year than others in California, but fewer locally plan to seek larger quarters for their operations, based on a new survey by a major lender to such ventures.

02/01/17

One of the more pressing challenges today for small California wine regions is to find a successful marketing niche, a unique way to say to wine drinkers that we are offering something different. For years, Anderson Valley, a conclave of small wineries in Mendocino County known for pinot noir, operated just under the radar of many wine consumers and the wineries felt the need for a change

01/24/17

When California voted in November to legalize recreational pot use, the industry stepped from the shadows with purpose. Its promise of short-term profit and long-term growth potential has triggered a "Green Rush" that will reshape the North Coast economy and upend the fortunes of growers

01/20/17

While the heavy rains that have swamped the North Coast this month have brought drought relief to the local wine industry, the deluge has put work crews weeks behind on critical pruning that must be done before late-winter bud break

01/10/17

Power outages in Sonoma County Monday afternoon dropped to 2,815 customers, down from Sunday's peak of 13,000 customers, according to PG&E. By early afternoon several outages had been fixed and the largest groups still in the dark included 619 customers in Sebastopol, 393 in Guerneville, 392 in Bodega Bay, 381 in Sea Ranch, 369 in Santa Rosa and 334 in Forestville, said Deanna Contreras, PG&E spokeswoman.

01/10/17

Forecasters anticipate the storm surge could dump up to 15 inches of rain in some foothills communities.

01/06/17

Acclaimed artisan winery La Crema today announced the promotion of Craig McAllister to the position of Head Winemaker. McAllister, who first joined La Crema as the harvest enologist in 2007, has been a passionate steward of La Crema's Monterey program and played a vital role in elevating the winery's Sonoma Coast portfolio throughout his tenure.

01/05/17

Neither Dan nor Stephanie Rivin planned wine careers originally, but today, Roman vineyard is part of their home property. The couple sells grapes to Sonoma's Littori winemaker Ted Lemmon, but The Princess & the Peasant is their own winery label - and the name has double meaning. He was born in Russia. She grew up in Saudi Arabia. And they're on a mission to showcase Mendocino's diverse vineyards and wine varietals.

01/03/17

While the overall wine market is growing at 2 percent annually, sparkling wine sales have increased more than 12 percent despite being only 6 percent of the entire market, said Jon Moramarco, an industry consultant and managing partner of the local business consulting firm BW166. California sparkling wines are growing at a rate of 11 percent by volume year to date.

12/23/16

The National Weather Service released maps on Thursday showing the majority of the Bay Area at over 110 percent of normal for this time of year. Much of Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties have seen over 150 percent of normal, with dotted areas in the state seeing as much as 400 percent of the typical rainfall by December 20th

12/23/16

To help fuel your holiday spirit, we've set you up with a tour of spirits producers with public tasting rooms where you can sample the goods

12/16/16

Participants in the 2016 Lake County Wine Auction raised their bid cards high at this year's event and generated a record breaking $135,000 for 27 local schools, organizations and charities

12/13/16

Congress approves water infrastructure bill to aid drought-stricken Southern California

12/12/16

A record-breaking estimated 30,000 California medical pot farmers, family, friends and fans swamped Santa Rosa for a gargantuan marijuana festival dubbed the Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds over the weekend.

12/12/16

Mike Emenhiser, Cristy Grieb, and Robin Wenzel have joined its North Coast Middle Market Banking team, serving Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Napa counties

12/09/16

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