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Stories from Wine Business

Advisory panel mulls new rules on Napa winery expansion

A panel on Tuesday recommended Napa County refrain from adopting new regulations that would prohibit the loss of vineyard acreage at wineries seeking to build or expand.

Viticulture briefs

Blake Yarger has been appointed the new winemaker at McEvoy Ranch after helping plant the first vines at the property, located in the Marin Hills just outside Petaluma.

Gallo expands vineyard holdings in Napa Valley

E&J Gallo Winery announced Tuesday that it has purchased 642 acres in the Napa Valley, acquiring the Cypress Ranch and a portion of the Palisades Vineyard.

Trade fight could raise tariffs on California wine

An international dispute over U.S. meat labeling rules may trigger a trade war that could raise tariffs on wine shipped into a major export market for California wines.

Viticulture briefs

Santa Rosa Junior College will offer four wine tasting courses during its summer session.

Silver Oak buys oak barrel maker

The Oakville-based vintner announced it has bought Missouri-based A&K Cooperage, saying the deal makes it the first U.S. winery to purchase full ownership of a U.S. oak barrel maker.

Duckhorn Wine Co. purchases Napa Valley’s Three Palms Vineyard

Duckhorn Wine Co. has purchased Napa Valley’s Three Palms Vineyard, which helped pioneer merlot in California.

Losses from discontinued wine brand hurt Truett-Hurst

Despite an increase in sales, Healdsburg-based Truett-Hurst Inc. reported its losses grew during the third quarter in the aftermath of massive losses from its discontinued Paper Boy brand.

Vote on grape pest campaign extended

A state agency has extended by a month the deadline for California grape growers to return ballots on whether to continue an assessment on their crops to fund pest research.

Viticulture briefs

Voter participation has increased on a referendum to assess the crops of California grape growers, a fee that is at risk of not being renewed.

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