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Stories from Wine Business

Economic impact of craft brewers is growing in Sonoma County

Sonoma County’s craft brewing industry continues to chug along as the overall economic impact reached $170 million in 2013, a 25 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new study.

Vineyard frost fight goes high-tech

New high-tech tools are taking on added importance in Sonoma County vineyards this year with frost season off to an earlier start.

Winemakers cheer newest Sonoma County appellation

The growers in the cool, windy region high above Santa Rosa hope the designation will help them stand out.

Deerfield Ranch Winery files for bankruptcy

Kenwood winery owners hope to reorganize so all debtors and investors are paid and not lose 30,000 case operation in order to satisfy $11 million debt to bank.

Viticulture briefs

State approves programs for Russian River diversion The state Water Resources Control Board announced Friday that it has approved three programs to allow grape growers in the Russian River watershed to divert water for frost protection this spring.

Speed and precision on display at annual vine pruning competition

More than 40 participants took part Friday morning in the annual Sonoma County Pruning Championship held at Shone Farm in Forestville.

Problems with paper wine bottles blamed for loss at Truett-Hurst

Truett-Hurst Inc. reported a second-quarter loss of $474,000 on Wednesday as a result of costs attributed to its troubled Paper Boy brand.

North Coast grape crop sets record

Despite an expected smaller crop last year, rising prices and a strong demand for some high-end wines helped vineyards rake in almost $1.5 billion.

Viticulture briefs

Epic Wines & Spirits, the distribution company acquired in 2013 by wine entrepreneur Bill Foley, has expanded its portfolio by striking a deal to distribute Wilson Artisan Wineries brands in California.

Warm temperatures reawaken Sonoma County vineyards (w/video)

Dan Barwick’s Santa Rosa vineyard is sprouting leaves earlier than ever before. Normally, bud break doesn’t occur until March. It's a sign the 2015 growing season is underway.

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