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Bill Swindell - Staff Reporter

Bill Swindell is staff reporter at The Press Democrat

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Overall, Sonoma County growers have picked 15 to 20 percent of their crop, mostly fruit for sparkling wine and rosé.
CIRQ Winery back under ownership of winemaker Michael BrowneWinemaker Michael Browne has taken back ownership of CIRQ, the winery label he founded in 2009 while at the same time also pioneering Kosta Browne winery of Sebastopol into a pinot noir powerhouse.B
The brewery and restaurant off Highway 101, opening next month, should enable the acclaimed brewery to double its annual production.
Food-related ventures are appealing because a state law makes startups more affordable.
The Mexican immigrant rose from picking grapes to working with top local winemakers and ultimately to running his own winery in Cloverdale.
Cuvaison hires winemaker to lead small programsCuvaison winery in Carneros has hired Rob Fischer to the newly created position of winemaker for its small lot and research programs.
The craft brewer plans to hire 120 people for its Windsor brewpub, scheduled to open in October.
Martini Winery returning to Prohibition designThe Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena is undergoing a renovation that will restore the 85-year-old building closer to its original design coming out of Prohibition.H
Still, Sonoma County has thriving craft business with about 30 breweries.
Lawmakers passed a package of bills despite resistance from the powerful insurance industry. They would have little effect on 2017 fire survivors.
Competition for workers from construction and cannabis firms worry local vineyard managers as the 2018 harvest gets underway.
Murphy-Goode Winery of Santa Rosa and St. Florian’s Brewery of Windsor have teamed to work on wine and beer products.
The new law requires insurance companies to provide homeowners an estimate every two years how much it would cost to replace their homes.
Long Meadow Ranch said Tuesday it acquired Stony Hill Vineyard, one of the top chardonnay producers in Napa Valley.
A St. Helena winery on Tuesday served a one-day suspension of its federal permit to sell wine as a result of a national investigation into consignment sales.
Beijing is threatening a 25 percent tariff on U.S. wine imports next month on top of a 15 percent tariff it already imposed in April in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on its steel products.
Jon Sebastiani is returning to Viansa Sonoma under a deal that makes his company, Sonoma Brands, the fourth-largest investor in Santa Rosa-based Vintage Wine Estates.
He led winemaking at the Foley Johnson Winery in Rutherford and was the son of vintner and businessman Bill Foley.
A man who was arrested twice this year on suspicion of domestic violence shot to death three of his children early Sunday before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
Rick Tigner leads Sonoma County’s largest wine company while raising funds for research and treatment for Parkinson’s disease, which his wife, Wendy, was diagnosed with in 2006.
Work crews were out at 3 a.m. Wednesday at a vineyard near Sonoma to pick a 5-acre parcel dedicated to pinot noir grapes. 'The fruit looks great,' said Gloria Ferrer winemaker Steve Urberg.
Truett-Hurst Inc. announced Monday it has sold its wholesale wine business for $18 million and will focus solely on its direct-to-consumer business.
The money will help Flow Kana increase its ability to process marijuana and move into producing bulk cannabis oil.
Business leaders in the Mendocino County city are bullish about the future given the possibilities of a legalized cannabis sector and lower home prices.
Rebel Coast Winery of Sonoma has introduced a nonalcoholic wine infused with THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in cannabis.