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Are California’s Cannabis Growers Stealing Water During a Drought?

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UC Berkeley study shows limited risk from permitted cannabis farms, questions illegal growths Legal cannabis grow farms represent just about 20 to 25 percent of...

Afternoon Brief, April 12

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A Woman's Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy's "Slavery" Her husband can still recall how Paola Clemente used to set two alarms to make sure she woke in the middle of the night - 1:50 a.m. - to catch the private bus that would take her and dozens of other women to the vineyards...

Afternoon Brief, March 20

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Beyond the Barrel: Unique Ways to Ferment Wine: From amphorae to eggs and even glass, winemakers are experimenting with techniques and materials, some ancient, to push the boundaries of fermentation...

Meetings Slated to Update Sonoma County Well Owners on New Groundwater...

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Santa Rosa, CA - A series of community meetings are scheduled to update well owners and others on the creation of three new agencies...

Afternoon Brief, February 23

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Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset Honored with The Robert Mondavi Wine & Food Award by The Collins College of Hospitality Management: Gina Gallo, Senior Director of Winemaking of the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery, and her husband Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of the Boisset Collection, will be awarded the Robert Mondavi Wine & Food award by The Collins College of Hospitality Management for their contributions to the wine world and hospitality industry...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Marijuana and Labor Shortages Are Giving the Wine Industry a Headache The U.S. wine industry is poised for...

Afternoon Brief, January 13

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Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Trending Story: Sonoma County Winegrowers Double Down on Sustainability Goal The Sonoma County Winegrowers trade group will be getting some...

Afternoon Brief, December 12

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Crimson Wine Group Buys 66 Acres of Walla Walla Valley Vines: Less than a year after snapping up Washington’s Seven Hills Winery for $5.75 million, Crimson Wine Group has purchased a significant part of the Walla Walla Valley vineyard that Seven Hills founder Casey McClellan planted…

Afternoon Brief, November 30

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Vivino Announces Year’s Best Consumer Rated Wines: Vivino, the worlds most downloaded wine app and largest community of wine drinkers, today announced Vivinos 2017 Wine Style Award winners...

Afternoon Brief May 27

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North Coast Marijuana Growers Fear a Takeover by 'Big Alcohol': For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants...

Afternoon Brief, April 11

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Vision and Robots Team Up for Wine Production: Robots and robotic-based vision systems are slowly replacing the tedious, time-consuming tasks involved in wine production...

Drought and Irrigation Management

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By Konrad Mathesius Our everyday lives are peppered with reminders of the drought. Bumper stickers decrying the tunnels, I-5 billboards blaming congress for post-apocalyptic scenes...

Winegrape Growers in Sonoma County Voluntarily Commit to Conserve Water by...

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SANTA ROSA, Calif.  (August 24, 2015) – Sonoma County’s winegrape growers have voluntarily committed to conserve water by 25% from 2013 levels consistent with...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

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How Much Generation Y Will Pay for a Bottle of Wine: Australian Vintage wants to sell more wine to 18-to-34 year olds, and in doing so has uncovered some fascinating data about what 'generation Y' wants from its alcohol, and the amount they're prepared to pay for it...

Two California Water Tank Companies & One Non-Profit Team Up to...

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Water for Elephants in California National Storage Tank is the West Coast’s largest purveyor of water tanks, and sees the effects of the California drought...