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Viticulture briefs

An assessment on the crops of California grape growers is at risk of not being renewed due to voter apathy on the measure.

Frenetic bidding at exclusive Sonoma County Barrel Auction

At what’s intended to be the first annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction, a group of buyers bought wine futures from some of the county’s top growers.

Debate over dry farming divides Wine Country

As the drought continues, some North Coast growers are advocating the expansion of “dry farming,” which uses natural rainfall — not irrigation — to produce grapes.

Viticulture briefs

The state Senate Appropriations Committee will consider legislation Monday that would make state reports on water wells available to the public.

Thompson faces tough vote on ‘fast-track’ trade bill

Rep. Mike Thompson must decide whether or not to support President Obama’s trade agenda this week, an issue that's created huge divisions within the Democratic Party.

Bottle Barn changing hands

The friendly Santa Rosa liquor store, a go-to stop for wine lovers for almost 30 years, is being sold to an out-of-town investor as its longtime owners embark on a well-deserved retirement.

Viticulture briefs

Fetzer, Benziger win sustainability awards Fetzer Vineyards of Hopland was awarded a “California Green Medal” for sustainable winegrowing on April 13 from a collection of industry groups supporting environmentally friendly farming practices.

Vineyard expansion levels off on North Coast

Ending five straight years of expansion, vineyard acreage dipped slightly in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties in 2014. Instead, growers are replanting existing vineyards.

New head of Sonoma County Vintners tackles local issues

After three months as head of Sonoma County Vintners, Carolyn Stark’s biggest sales job right now is local, especially amid mounting concern among some residents over the wine industry’s impact.

Sonoma County Winegrowers head Kruse picked for prestigious fellowship

Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, has been selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. She will join a group of emerging U.S. leaders seeking to better understand transatlantic relations.

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