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2502, 2024

Cliff Lede Vineyards: The Winery Where Music, Art, and Wine Collide in Napa Valley

By |February 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: , |

Credit: Bob McClenahan Cliff Lede’s journey to Napa Valley winemaking began rather unexpectedly, sparked by his grandmother’s home winemaking hobby in Edmonton, Canada.  A transformative visit to Napa Valley on a business trip in the 1990s during his construction career sealed the deal. […]

3101, 2024

Merlot: It’s (expletive) fine!

By |January 31, 2024|Categories: California, Commentary, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories, Washington|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Merlot: It's (expletive) fine,” exclaimed Jonathan Cristaldi, the moderator for “Merlot Renaissance: Celebrating Two Decades Beyond Sideways,” at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento January 23-25.

2501, 2024

Press Release: Information, Research and Discussions Highlight Wine and Winegrape Industry’s Largest Gathering

By |January 25, 2024|Categories: Business and Operations, California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

SACRAMENTO, CA, JANUARY 25, 2024 From every corner of the world, wine and winegrape professionals convened at the 30th annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium this week in Sacramento. […]

2201, 2024

Miraflores Winery: A Thriving Vineyard in Pleasant Valley, El Dorado County

By |January 22, 2024|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News|Tags: |

Credit: Miraflores Winery Dr. Victor Alvarez, a successful pathologist, found himself mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Pleasant Valley, in El Dorado County,  during a detour on a business trip to Reno. This serendipitous discovery led him to purchase a property that would eventually become the flourishing Miraflores Winery.  […]

1409, 2023

Foothill Wine Festival Competition Announces Results

By |September 14, 2023|Categories: California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Foothill Wine Festival team is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 competition sponsored by Choose Folsom. The competition was held in Folsom on September 9th and 10th. […]

1209, 2023

Matt Parish – Wine Industry Mentor

By |September 12, 2023|Categories: California, Digest, Featured, Industry, News, Origin Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Matt Parish has decades of wine business experience as a senior winemaker at Constellation, Treasury, and Naked Wines USA, but in my eyes, it is his kindness that makes him one of my favorite wine industry mentors. […]

409, 2023

Petaluma Gap Shows Off Its Cool

By |September 4, 2023|Categories: California, Industry, News|Tags: |

Straddling northern Marin and southern Sonoma counties, The Petaluma Gap acts as a 200,000-funnel for the breezes off the Pacific. From its western edge at Bodega Bay, The Gap stretches southeast to Highway 37 at Sears Point on San Pablo Bay, then north to the base of Sonoma Mountain. Becoming Sonoma’s 17th sub-AVA in 2017, it counts two dozen plus wineries within its boundaries, and many others who are buying grapes from its vineyards.

304, 2023

The 4th Annual International Cabernet Franc Competition Announces Results

By |April 3, 2023|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, Local Wine Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The 4th Annual Cabernet Franc Competition, founded and sponsored by Michael Kelly of California Wines & Wineries, took place on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at The Golf Club at Copper Valley in Copperopolis, California. […]

408, 2022

Lula Cellars – The Deep End’s Hidden Gem Comes of Age

By |August 4, 2022|Categories: California, Digest, Featured, Industry, Marketing and Sales, News, Origin Stories|Tags: |

During a rare chilly and rainy, late-spring day, a friend and I stopped to taste the highly rated wines at Lula Cellars, a small producer in the cooler and foggier “Deep End” of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

2305, 2022

Schermeister Winery – Love at Second Sight

By |May 23, 2022|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

In 2012, Rob had been making wine for the likes of Mark Aubert and Jayson Pahlmeyer when he took a chance and made 125 cases of his own Napa Valley Pinot Noir employing native yeast fermentation, which has since become his signature style.

1602, 2022

New Legislation Would Expand Online Wine Auctions in California

By |February 16, 2022|Categories: California, Legislation, News|Tags: |

Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced legislation that would increase the number of annual fundraising auctions that registered nonprofits and trade organizations may conduct. “Expanding the ability to hold these online auctions makes perfect sense given the technology that has emerged during the pandemic to keep us safe,” Sen. Dodd said in a press release. “My bill would allow groups to step up this much-needed fundraising, improving our economy and charitable giving.”

301, 2022

March 31 extension granted for North Bay distillers who direct ship to consumers

By |January 3, 2022|Categories: California, Industry, News|Tags: |

Local craft distillers were given a last-minute reprieve Thursday as a state agency extended an executive order that will allow them to continue to ship directly to consumers as part of a temporary economic relief measure during the pandemic.

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