Bill Swindell - Staff Reporter

Bill Swindell is staff reporter at The Press Democrat


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John Anthony Family of Wines has acquired Church Vineyard, which it had been leasing in the Carneros wine region.
Banshee Wines is known for its affordable premium pinot noir and hip tasting room near the Healdsburg square. It is poised to grow following its recent acquisition by Foley Family Wines.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District is holding a series of meetings to gather input for its strategic plan to cover the next 15 years.
'This is the tip of the iceberg,' says industry lawyer as federal agents begin $5 million investigation to crack down on unlawful trade practices.
'I think it’s very important that we change the dynamic. White spirits don’t have to be less than $40. Gin doesn’t have to be less than $60. We need to push it. Think luxury. Think success,' said Jean-Charles Boisset during the Spirited International Spirits Trade Tasting & Show held Tuesday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Napa County voters will go to the polls on June 5 to decide whether to curtail new vineyard development by providing greater protection to watersheds and oak woodlands.
Under the worst-case scenario where no rebuilding were to occur in Sonoma County, the $24 billion local economy would suffer a $750 million loss.
Officers are searching for a man who attempted to lure a 10-year-old girl into his car Friday evening at Grant Elementary School.
Local new car registrations topped more than 20,000 for the fourth year in a row. Thirty percent of the vehicles were sold after the October wildfires.
Anaba Wines of Sonoma has broken ground on its new wine production and hospitality facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Below-freezing temperatures that can damage the county's grape crop before it even develops are prompting some growers to launch an unusually early campaign to protect their vineyards from frost.
Sonoma County investment advisors contend that holding stock over the long term has historically been a crucial element of an investment strategy to accumulate wealth.
Healdsburg Wine company Truett-Hurst Inc. reported last week that its net sales slightly decreased last quarter compared to the same period a year earlier.
The buyer, Hanson Spirits, will open a tasting room for its grape-based vodka. Carneros Brewing founder Jesus Ceja will retain his labels and plans to reenter the beer business.
Despite lower yields, North Coast vineyards produced a record $1.51 billion of grapes in 2017 as prices continued to spiral to new highs.
The Hopland wine company has undertaken an effort to improve quality the last five years while also offering new rosé to bourbon barrel-aged brands.
“We knew that if we were successful, we would eventually need to align ourselves with a strategic partner who could help us grow,” says Banshee CEO Baron Ziegler.
Most vineyards in Sonoma County were unscathed by the October wildfires. But growers with vineyards exposed to extreme heat are anxious to find out how the fires will affect their prized crop.
Crowds again turned out early Friday to wait in line at Russian River Brewing Co.’s downtown Santa Rosa brewpub for the annual Pliny the Younger beer release.
The online lender laid off a 'small percentage of our employment base' at the office next to the Healdsburg Plaza, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
The move follows a decision by the legendary craft brewer to close its Ukiah taproom on Jan. 13.
Corey Beck has been appointed chief executive officer for The Family Coppola, Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola’s business empire that ranges from wineries to restaurants to cinema efforts.
A study by the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University concluded the North Bay fires had minimal impact on the local wine industry.
The new facility in Windsor will allow the brewery to double its production and host tours. It won’t open soon enough for fans coming to Santa Rosa this week for the annual Pliny the Younger release.
Under pressure, many insurance companies have agreed to make additional payments for personal property lost in the October fires without requiring policyholders to fill out a detailed inventory. See what your insurer is doing.