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Bill Swindell - Staff Reporter

Bill Swindell is staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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Nonprofit groups are attempting to play a greater role in the campaign to achieve gender parity in the $34 billion retail wine industry, where women represent 60 percent of the consumers and 80 percent of the purchasers.
Arkansas billionaire Gaylon Lawrence Jr. has purchased Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena, a storied Napa Valley brand that has been popular among collectors and wine enthusiasts.
The fourth annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction attracted business buyers from across the country to place bids on unique wines donated by local wineries.
Assemblyman Marc Levine sponsored the legislation in the aftermath of the October wildfires, where many fire victims found themselves underinsured while trying to rebuild.
Company takes minority stake in Vintage Wine EstatesAn investment firm has taken a $75 million minority stake in Santa Rosa-based Vintage Wine Estates.T
The change allows Sonoma Media Investments, the parent company of The Press Democrat, to sell the 6.5 acres.
Housed in a industrial park, Old Possum Brewing Co. hopes to become a destination spot for local beer lovers with its taproom-only brews and a non-traditional food menu.
'There was acceleration all the way up until it impacted the ocean floor,' said Greg Baarts, acting assistant chief for the northern division of the CHP.
Five officials named recently to lead local chambers of commerce cited affordable housing as a key factor in recruiting and retaining employers in Sonoma County.
The Sonoma County Wine Auction has its 2018 chairman, plus new faces at B.R. Cohn and Far Niente Wine Estates.
The lending cooperative attributed the boost in profits to its merger with Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas and strong growth in its loan portfolio.
'Tourism has never saved anything. It’s destroyed many things. Tourism devours what it loves.' says author James Conaway, who has been writing about Napa Valley for more than 30 years.
Sonoma Cider's 'shocked' owner David Cordtz said in a statement that the company lost its funding 'without warning.'
100 wine barrel lots offered at auctionRetailers will be able to bid on 100 different wine barrel lots at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction to be held on April 20 at the MacMurray Estate Vineyards in Healdsburg.T
Craft beer producers sold more beer in 2017 but saw their growth continue to slow as the market matures, a trend that is forcing North Coast brewers to focus more aggressively on expanding their businesses at home.
Josh Nix thought he was doing everything right in August when he renewed the insurance policy for his Mark West area home just east of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.N
The Press Democrat surveyed insurance companies and their customers to find out how they were paying out claims for personal property losses. The numbers tell an interesting story.
U.S. wine exports decreased in 5.5 percent in value and 7.9 percent in volume in 2017.
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.