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Stories from Wine Business

Trade group, Napa wineries sue over shipping tax

The Wine Institute and three Napa County wineries are involved in a dispute over whether taxes should be levied on shipping fees.

New owners open up about what's next for B.R. Cohn Winery

Vintage Wine Estates on Friday confirmed its purchase of the B.R. Cohn Winery and pledged to maintain the quality of the Sonoma Valley vintner.

Owner: Mounting debts forced B.R. Cohn Winery sale

After 41 years, Bruce Cohn is leaving the wine industry — for the time being — with a deal announced Wednesday to sell his namesake Sonoma Valley winery.

North Coast harvest off to very early start

Wednesday marked the earliest start to the harvest season for Mumm Napa, which will use the grapes to produce sparkling wine.

Gallo to buy historic Asti winery, Souverain brand

E&J Gallo is expanding its holdings in Sonoma County. It is buying the historic Asti winery — one of the largest in the county — and the Souverain brand from Treasury Wine Estates.

Viticulture briefs

Karen L. Diepholz has been appointed as the new chief financial officer at Vintage Wine Estates.

Mildew pops up in Sonoma County vineyards

Farmers in Sonoma County have spotted signs of powdery mildew in the vineyards. If left unchecked, the fungus can dim quality and lessen quantity.

Staglin, Booth buy Napa Valley vineyard

The Staglin Family Vineyard and Suzanne Deal Booth have teamed up to purchase the 19-acre Fahrig Ranch vineyard in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley.

California craft distillers a step closer to selling on-premise spirits

Distillers will be able to sell their bottles on site under a legislative compromise reached with liquor wholesalers, which had previously stymied their efforts to better market their products.

Viticulture briefs

The San Francisco Wine School will offer a three-day credentialing program focused on the different wine growing regions in the state, more formally known as an American Viticultural Areas, or AVAs.

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