Tag Archives: Sonoma County California

• Kroger to carry wine-cola in a can. Huh?

Kroger to carry wine-cola in a can. Huh?

Wine with cola in the same drink? Chardonnay mixed with vanilla? It’s coming soon to a Harris Teeter near you. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., which entered the Washington region when it agreed to purchase Harris Teeter in 2013, has signed a deal with Sonoma County, California-based Truett-Hurst Inc. to exclusively sell its ready-to-drink craft wine beverages. […]

• Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

A new snack food is the first product shipped on a mass scale containing “flour” made from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Wild California Crisps are the creation of a Santa Rosa company that won recognition at this winter’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The company recently began shipping […]

• Sonoma County Sets Goals Of 100% Sustainability For Wineries

Sonoma County Sets Goals Of 100% Sustainability For Wineries

There is a push in Sonoma County to adopt sustainable farming practices so that, over the next five years, every vineyard and winery can be certified as sustainable. The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission is hoping to become the first wine region in the United States to be 100 percent sustainable. Karissa Kruse, president of the […]

• Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

Spanish winery to level 154 acres of California redwoods

The Spanish Artesa Vineyards and Winery has received permission from the state of California to level off 154-acres of northern California redwoods and Douglas Fir, in order to provide cooler locations for their climate changed vineyards According to NPR, this is a battle instigated by the increasing heat of climate change and a growing public […]

• Zinfandel Festival Countdown – Last Chance to Save

Zinfandel Festival Countdown – Last Chance to Save

Festival Weekend is Here! Last Chance to Save It’s going to be great Zinfandel weather in San Francisco this weekend!  Temperatures in the mid-60’s and perfect for sipping Zinfandel with friends old and new. If you still haven’t gotten your tickets to the 2013 Zinfandel Festival, there’s still a few days left!  Save up to 25% […]

• Food Network clown, Guy Fieri jumps into the wine business

Food Network clown, Guy Fieri jumps into the wine business

Guy Fieri, a celebrity chef known for his rowdy personality, spiky hair and love of roadside diners, is adding an unexpected venture to his mix: winemaking. The star of the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” has bought a five-acre vineyard of pinot noir grapes in the Russian River Valley appellation and submitted an […]

• Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

Concrete wine tanks growing in popularity

For centuries, European vintners used monstrous concrete tanks to ferment and store their wines, a technique used in California’s oldest wineries before Prohibition. Now, concrete is making a comeback. North Coast wineries are trying an old technique in a new way, installing small, portly concrete tanks that look like creatures from another world. In Sonoma […]

• Wine Prices Inch Back Up

Wine Prices Inch Back Up

After years of enjoying discounts on fine wines, consumers are finding prices have begun to inch back up. They can partly blame themselves. Feeling slightly more confident about the economy, wine drinkers who traded down from mid-priced varietals during the recession are increasingly willing to pay $20 or more per bottle, according to a new […]

• Sad But True: Dad Booked For DUI En Route to Bailing Out Son for DUI

Sad But True: Dad Booked For DUI En Route to Bailing Out Son for DUI

Is this the greatest drunk driving episode ever to grace the pixels of this news blog, no mean holding pen for past booze and car related spectacles of epic stature? When the Society of Professional Journalists finally gets its act together and opens nominations for a Best DUI News Story category, this is a shoe […]

• Wine Trumps Salmon in War Over Water

Wine Trumps Salmon in War Over Water

Vineyards wrap the hills and march in straight lines along the highways and side roads of California’s wine country. Sonoma Countyalone draws visitors from around the world. That is where the problem lies. Forests of oak, Douglas fir and redwood once anchored the soil and helped create a healthy habitat for coho salmon. Then logging […]

• Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Sonoma: Boooo. Plan to cut forest for vineyards

Two proposed “timberland-to-vineyard” conversion projects that would clear almost 2,000 acres of redwoods and firs in California’s Sonoma County have some residents saying enough is enough. Despite recent declines in high-end wine sales and a glut of grape production in Sonoma County, the winemakers are investing millions in environmental studies for the projects. Napa Valley’s […]

• N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

N. California: Weather interfering with grape pollination

Grape growers are watching the weather reports with dread. The late-season downpour hitting Northern California is threatening to devastate this year’s grape crop, making it potentially the third weather event in the last four years to wreak havoc on vineyards. “It’s causing us a lot of frustration,” said Steve Hill, general manager of Durell Vineyard […]

• Sonoma County blend achieves perfect score once again

Sonoma County blend achieves perfect score once again

California’s Vérité Bordeaux blend has been awarded a perfect Parker score for two consecutive vintages. The wine, made by Frenchman Pierre Seillan, comes from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County and is the only label from this AVA to achieve the full 100 points. The 2007 vintage of the Vérité blend, called La Joie, received a […]

• 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 […]

• Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

Harvest takes $142 million toll on North Coast growers

The Sonoma County grape crush fell 10.7 percent last year, a significant blow to the local economy but far less than the 20 percent drop many had predicted. Still, the combination of falling grape prices and a smaller harvest in 2010 cost Sonoma County growers $88.4 million last year, according to a preliminary government report […]