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Viticulture briefs

Wine news from around Sonoma Count.


Drones could become familiar sight over Wine Country vineyards (w/video)

UC Davis is testing drones at its vineyard in Oakville. The unmanned helicopters, which can spray pesticides and more, are part of a growing movement to commercialize drones.


Few rain worries for local grape growers (w/video)

Tuesday's unsettled weather is more of a minor inconvenience due to the fact that most grape growers in Sonoma and Napa counties are done or about to finish this season’s harvest.


Influential Costco executive discusses wine business in Q&A

Annette Alvarez-Peters is one of the most powerful people in the wine industry. She supervises the wine buyers for Costco, which sold $3.7 billion in alcohol last year. See how she views the wine business.


Viticulture briefs

New AVA designation for Mendocino The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) for Mendocino County.


Santa Rosa cork manufacturer buys Washington winery supplier

Santa Rosa-based cork manufacturer M.A. Silva USA has purchased the packaging business of Vintners Global Resource.


Sonoma County vineyards no longer a man’s world

Sonoma County wineries and grape growers are hiring more women for harvest crews. It is a sign of a tight labor market and an increasing realization that women are just as capable as men in the job.


Viticulture briefs

Wine news around Sonoma County.


Beer, wine power growth at Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands Inc., the owner of local wineries Ravenswood, Simi Winery and Robert Mondavi, is expanding its profitable Mexican beer portfolio while predicting continued growth for its wine brands.


Viticulture briefs

SRJC wine varietals win honors Three varietals from Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm vintage have been named as medal winners by Sonoma County Harvest Fair judges in the fair’s professional wine competition.

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