The Wine Foundry buys Juice Box, will move operations to new location

The Wine Foundry, a Sonoma-based custom-crush facility, has purchased rival Juice Box and will be moving its operations to the new location in Napa.

The Wine Foundry said in a statement that it will add several Juice Box employees to its winemaking staff, led by Patrick Saboe. The company, which is owned by a subsidiary of CastleGate Capital Advisors, was launched two years ago.

Company officials said they found Juice Box had the space and equipment that will allow it to produce high-quality wine for small-lot producers.

Wine Industry Financial Symposium scheduled for Sept. 22, 23 in Napa

The Wine Industry Financial Symposium will be held Sept. 22 and 23 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel in Napa.

The theme of this year’s event will be “Let The Good Times Roll,” and feature speakers such as Carolyn Wente, chief executive officer of Wente Vineyards and chairwoman of the Wine Institute board; Robert Smiley, a professor emeritus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; and Mike Veseth, editor of The Wine Economist blog.

Program and registration information is available online at

Jordan Vineyard & Winery noted for fish protection under new program

The Jordan Vineyard & Winery has become the first Sonoma County business to be recognized for its protection of fish under a new certification program.

The winery achieved a fish-friendly ranching certification by the California Land Stewardship Institute. The group recognizes farms and ranches that preserve water quality and protect biodiversity for fish habitats and wetlands.

The Jordan estate has 1,200 acres that include two large lakes and many seasonal creeks that border the Russian River. More than 75 percent of the estate is preserved for woodlands and pastures.

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