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Sonoma County Shines in Wine Enthusiasts Wine Star Awards Nominations

Sonoma County Shines in Wine Enthusiasts Wine Star Awards Nominations

Three local executives and entire Sonoma County region honored SANTA ROSA, Calif. (September 6, 2018) – Outstanding wines and innovative leadership abound in Sonoma County, as evidenced by the nominations in the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards.  Each year, the magazine recognizes those who have made significant and lasting achievements in the industry, selecting […]

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Afternoon Brief, August 21

Afternoon Brief, August 21

California Gold Goes Global: According to Liv-ex, the wider world is waking up to California …

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2018 Winegrape Harvest Begins Today in Sonoma County

2018 Winegrape Harvest Begins Today in Sonoma County

Near Perfect Summer Growing Conditions Builds Excitement for an Outstanding Vintage as First Grapes are Picked SANTA ROSA, Calif.  (August 15, 2018) – The first grapes of the 2018 vintage of Sonoma County’s famed winegrapes were picked today in vineyards throughout the county. At Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, harvest crews converged on a 5-acre vineyard block […]

Afternoon Brief, August 6

Afternoon Brief, August 6

French Wine Scientists Create ‘Supergrapes’ That Do Not Require Pesticides
French wine scientists have come up with four revolutionary supergrape varieties they say are impervious to rot and thus require almost no pesticides…

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Afternoon Brief, July 3

Afternoon Brief, July 3

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Fire Risk for Napa County Vineyards A huge wildfire has crossed over into Napa County, less than a year after the region was devastated by one of the worst fire outbreaks in northern California history… Today’s News: Man of Steele: 50 Harvests and Counting There aren’t many […]

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Afternoon Brief, June 13

Afternoon Brief, June 13

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Napa’s Watershed C Vote at a Standstill Poor voter response, mail-in ballots and bureaucracy stall a decision on a major agricultural provision… Today’s News: New Tools to Limit Wine Spoilage Interaction of temperature and ethanol appears key to controlling Brett… An MBA in Wine Is a Shortcut […]

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Cannabis and Wine, Unlikely Bedfellows Fall Under Similar Scrutiny

Cannabis and Wine, Unlikely Bedfellows Fall Under Similar Scrutiny

As Sonoma County Supervisors weigh and discuss how the cannabis industry should be regulated, concern is rising that those regulations could in turn affect other agricultural industries in the county. As the cannabis industry reels from restrictions, Sonoma County is losing potential business and tax dollars while cannabis growers leave their operations to counties with fewer restrictions.

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Russian River Valley AVA Wines Delivered Nearly 40% of Total Sonoma County Barrel Auction Earnings

Russian River Valley AVA Wines Delivered Nearly 40% of Total Sonoma County Barrel Auction Earnings

Russian River Valley Winemakers Shine at SoCo Barrel Auction                                                                                 SANTA ROSA, CA—Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) […]

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Afternoon Brief, May 22

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping: Zinfandel and Rosé on the Rise, While Red Blends Underperform Their Peers In January, we released the 2018 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report, which offers an exclusive deep dive into the direct-to-consumer wine shipping channel with our partners Wines & Vines… Today’s News: Registration Opens […]

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Afternoon Brief, May 15

Afternoon Brief, May 15

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Lasers Battle Birds in Sonoma County Vineyard Scarecrows, raptors and robotic facsimiles, propane cannons, reflective flags, netting – farmers have been trying all kinds of methods over the centuries to keep birds from turning their hard work into a feast just as the crop is ready for […]

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Afternoon Brief, March 14

Afternoon Brief, March 14

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Future Prospects for the International Wine Markets International wine markets undergo constant change. Traditional European wine markets decrease in importance and producers compete to enter new markets… Today’s News: Counterfeiters’ Target Range Widens The list of most counterfeited wines is weighted heavily towards Burgundy, but other regions […]

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Afternoon Brief, February 21

Afternoon Brief, February 21

Sonoma County Grape Growers Battle Frost After Early Bud Break
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage Sonoma County’s $575 million grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost…

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Afternoon Brief, January 19

Afternoon Brief, January 19

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Richard Kunde, Champion of Sonoma County Wine, Agriculture, Dies at 75 Richard Kunde, the generous and sociable scion of pioneering Valley of the Moon ranchers who became the nation’s largest seller of grapevine rootstock and who was a passionate promoter of Sonoma County grapes and wine, propelling […]

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Afternoon Brief, January 18

Afternoon Brief, January 18

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Growing Grapes, Family, and Community in Sonoma County John and Terri Balletto planted their first vineyard in the mid-nineties on a 35 acre lot in Sebastopol (now part of the potential Sebastopol Hills AVA) where they were also building their home… Today’s […]

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Q&A John Balletto: Growing Grapes and a Family Wine Business in Sonoma County

Q&A John Balletto: Growing Grapes and a Family Wine Business in Sonoma County

John and Terri Balletto were recognized as some of Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018 and on that occasion John shared some of his thoughts on growing grapes and running a family wine business in Sonoma County. What are some of the challenges you see facing grape growers and wineries today? I think a big challenge […]

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