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Stories from Wine Business

New head winemaker named for Artesa Vineyards

Ana Diogo-Draper will take over as director of winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery. She replaces Mark Beringer, who was appointed chief winemaker at Beringer Vineyards.

China a puzzle for white wine

A Thursday symposium at UC Davis brought together scholars and business officials to examine the history and future of wine, beer and spirits in China.

Beringer Vineyards taps new winemaker

Mark Beringer, formerly with Artesa, will take over at Beringer Vineyards in April.

Gallo buying J Vineyards

The deal includes the Healdsburg maker of high-end sparkling wines and more than 300 acres of vineyard land.

Small wine, beer, spirits producers seek freedom to bypass wholesalers

Small producers are cheering a bill by a North Bay assemblyman that would allow them to sell directly to visitors, but the measure faces the politically powerful wholesale industry.

Viticulture briefs

The Sonoma County Winegrowers is holding a free workshop on the newest Cal/OSHA requirements and standards to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Wine industry reacts to arsenic lawsuit

20+ vintners, including some from Wine Country, are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain dangerously high levels of arsenic.

Napa vineyard workers get $65,000 in sex discrimination case

Eight farmworkers received the money to settle their sex discrimination and retaliation complaint against a Napa Valley vineyard owner.

Feds say wine aged underwater may be illegal

The unusual approach gained attention in 2013 when Napa's Mira Winery submerged wine in a South Carolina harbor to test the impact of the ocean on the aging of wine.

Crimson Wine reports sales rise, profits drop

Crimson Wine Group, which owns Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, reported annual profits dropped to $5 million last year.

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