Tag Archives: Sonoma County wine

• 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 […]

• Most Sonoma Wines Must Say 'Sonoma County'

Most Sonoma Wines Must Say 'Sonoma County'

On Sept. 24, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law AB1798, the Sonoma County conjunctive wine label initiative. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, with a three-year phase-in period.  Wineries must comply by Jan. 1, 2014. What does this mean for Sonoma County wineries? Nothing, if wineries don’t designate one of Sonoma County’s 13 […]

• Grape growers are making up for lost time

Grape growers are making up for lost time

Sonoma County harvest begins in earnest after high temps ripen fruit. This time last week, Glenn Alexander was waiting for grapes to ripen and struggling to keep his workers busy. But since Sunday, the president of Bacchus Vineyard Management has been in overdrive. Alexander is operating on three hours of sleep, a noon nap and […]

• Disputed Sonoma wine region proposal changed

A dispute over the naming rights to a swath of land in the Mayacamas mountains appears to have reached its conclusion. Winegrape growers in northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties have agreed to amend their petition for a new American Viticulture Area on the western flank of the Mayacamas. Rather than the “Pine Mountain-Mayacmas” designation […]

• Sonoma AVA idea irks Napa vintners

Winegrape growers in northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino counties are petitioning the federal government to create a new American Viticulture Area on the western flank of the Mayacamas Mountains.