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Pierce's disease a rising concern for vines

Thousands of vines have been pulled out and replanted over the past two years, thanks to an outbreak of the disease given a boost by the recent string of warmer winters.

Grape harvest down significantly

The value of the North Coast grape crop dropped 23 percent in 2015, resulting in the smallest returns for growers since 2011, according to a report out Wednesday.

Foley Family Wines purchases Monterey County winery

Chalone Estate owns the oldest producing vineyard in Monterey County. A 1974 Chalone chardonnay shocked the world when it ranked third in a 1976 blind tasting of California and French whites.

Viticulture Briefs

Fountaingrove forms its own wine association Grape growers in the new Fountaingrove District American Viticultural Area (AVA) have formed the Fountaingrove District Winegrowers Association to help market their wines.

Sonoma County Vintners’ role examined after director’s departure

Some local winery officials said the unexpected resignation of Carolyn Stark should trigger a fresh look at the role the trade group plays within the wine industry as well as the community.

Head of Sonoma County Vintners resigns unexpectedly

Carolyn Stark cited personal reasons for her departure as executive director of the main advocacy and promotional trade group for wineries in Sonoma County.

Peju winery buys Acacia Vineyard

The Acacia property is located on a 100-acre estate in the Carneros region of Napa Valley with 50 planted acres of pinot noir grapes. Peju will market the wine from the area under a different name.

Details of Super Bowl sponsorship a guarded secret

Undisclosed contracts spell out how much Sonoma County tourism and wine groups contributed to the Super Bowl organizing committee and what they got in return.

Viticulture briefs

Three Napa vintners give up “port” name on their wines Three Napa Valley wineries have given up the use of the name “port” in their fortified wines as part of a bid to advance a global movement for protection of regional labeling in the wine industry.

County's big bet on Super Bowl boost to tourism

In an ambitious bid to draw more visitors to Sonoma County and sell more wine, the county’s wine and tourism industries have teamed up to become official partners of the Super Bowl organizing committee. Will it pay off?

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