Tag Archives: Healdsburg California

• Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County

Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County

“Wearing his Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt,with a San Francisco Giants cap tucked snugly around his head, Brian Kobler freely admits that he doesn’t represent the glamour of the wine industry. Kobler’s work within the last month has been hectic and decidedly more blue-collar as he braved the mid 90-degree heat bearing down in the […]

• The Unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates

The Unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates

The unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates, the Healdsburg company that once owned Geyser Peak, is a cautionary tale of the dangers of leveraged buyouts, a reminder of the critical role that distributors play in the wine business, and an example of how hard wineries can fall when the economy slows. Ascentia was formed in 2008, […]

• Banker teams with Sonoma wine industry vets to buy wine brands

Banker teams with Sonoma wine industry vets to buy wine brands

The San Francisco investment banker Bill Hambrecht is teaming with Sonoma County wine industry veterans to buy wine brands in a venture they may eventually take public, the Press Democrat reports. The group is looking to take advantage of record-low pricing on vineyards and wineries. Hambrecht, a longtime Sonoma County vineyard owner, is partnering with […]

• Sonoma Winegrowers say frost protection rules could create economic havoc

Sonoma County winegrowers are predicting economic havoc if proposed new state regulations go into effect next year that would crimp their use of Russian River water for vineyard frost protection. A study released last week shows the proposed new rules “will severely impact California’s economy and tax base and even damage the entire nation both […]