Stories from Wine Business

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Don Sebastiani & Sons reported sales of its wine on tap are on track to grow 26 percent this year as the Sonoma wine company expands the number of its wines sold in reusable stainless steel kegs.

Constellation Brands pays $1 billion for craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing

Wine and spirits giant Constellation Brands is entering the craft brew industry, announcing a deal Monday to buy San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

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Scott Edwards, executive vice president of Healdsburg-based Foley Family Wines, has been appointed president of its sister company, Epic Wines and Spirits.

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The Napa County Board of Supervisors will consider proposals to better regulate its winery industry at a Dec. 8 meeting.

Uber targets Wine Country tourists

Since its debut in 2014, Uber has amassed nearly 2,000 drivers in Napa and Sonoma counties. It is now planning to aggressively court visitors to Wine Country.

California lawmakers conduct listening tour in Wine Country

Legislators met Tuesday at SSU to explore ways to improve water use and sustainability, increase farmworker housing and promote wine education programs.

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French barrel maker Tonnellerie Radoux, which has a U.S. subsidiary in Santa Rosa, announced last week that it has the world’s largest database on the chemical composition of French oak.

New bank makes big entrance into Sonoma County beer industry

Live Oak Bank, which opened its Santa Rosa office in January, has become the second-largest national lender under the SBA’s main lending program. It specializes in serving craft brewers, wineries and distillers.

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The Lake County Winegrape Commission has received a $302,523 block grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for a project to promote the county’s grapes.

Fetzer certified for social, environmental efforts

The Hopland company is the first winery in California to become a B Corporation, joining the ranks of businesses such as Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s that promote their commitment to social responsibility as well as profits.

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