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Afternoon Brief, January 16

Citing the need to address rapidly growing customer demand Upvalley, Pacific Gas & Electric has been tentatively granted eminent domain over a portion of a private Calistoga vineyard owners land to install a liquid natural gas plant ...

Sonoma County PG&E Power Shutoff Business Impact Survey Results Announced

Economic Development Board determines lost economic output during first PG&E planned power shutoff SANTA ROSA, CA—Earlier this summer, The County of Sonoma (and additional regions...

Afternoon Brief, November 6

Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma - Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. The first, on October 8, 2017, was an unexpected frenzy that caused unfathomable damage, took thousands of structures and many lives, displaced countless families, and uprooted the wine business in both Napa and Sonoma counties ...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: Sonoma’s Soda Rock and Field Stone Wineries Burned by Kincade Fire Firefighters spent the night battling the Kincade...

Afternoon Brief, October 25

Sonoma County’s Jackson Family Among Vineyard Owners Impacted by Kincade Fire - The Kincade fire, driven by fierce winds, whipped through choice vineyards and Sonoma County Wine Country estates, damaging or destroying some of the region’s most valuable property. In the midst of the smoke and haze that hung thick as the mercury rose over the Alexander Valley, Jackson Family Wines scion Julia Jackson's home, and numerous buildings on the Jackson Family estate, were destroyed ...

Afternoon Brief, October 22

What to Expect When Cal Expo Hosts the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium for 2020 - With the move to the Cal Expo for the 2020 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (UW&GS), both attendees and exhibitors might have questions about what to expect. What will be different, how does the facility impact how the trade show is presented, and are there changes to the programming? What is the situation with lodging and transportation ...

Afternoon Brief, October 14

PG&E Wants to Seize Private Vineyard Property for Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Calistoga: PG&E is taking Calistoga vineyard owner Terry Gard to court, to seize a portion of his land for a liquid natural gas plant. Since the beginning of the year, the utility has tried to reach an agreement with Gard, who steadfastly refuses to cede any of the property his family has farmed for generations...

Afternoon Brief, October 11

PG&E CEO Apologizes After Employees Went Wine Tasting Just Before California Blackouts: 'Insensitive, Inappropriate, Tone Deaf': The CEO of PG&E has apologized after it was revealed several of its employees mingled with some of its top customers at a wine tasting event paid for by the company while hundreds of thousands of people in California were facing an unprecedented power outage ...

Charles Krug Remains Open Despite PG&E Power Shutdown

Oldest winery in Napa Valley welcomes nearly 100 wine lovers during first day of outage St. Helena, California, October 10, 2019 - Charles Krug Winery,...

Afternoon Brief: October 8

Personalized Information Makes the Wine Marketing Focus Group a Thing of the Past - An age-old marketing need is to identify a consumer base, its preferences, and the strength of a products message and presentation. In the past, the focus group was a most widely used method, which may or may not have been near perfect, but it sufficed ...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

California Wineries Plan Price Hikes: Young drinkers, cannabis and White Claw were much on the minds of attendees at last week's Wine Industry Financial Symposium in Napa but so were greater profit margins ...

Afternoon Brief, September 27

Police Dismantle Grape Harvest Human Trafficking Ring: In a joint operation on 17 September, over 80 law enforcers from both Bulgaria and France helped to raid an organised crime group involved in labour exploitation and money laundering. The group recruited workers from Bulgaria for the harvest season in France ...

Afternoon Brief, September 24

For California Wineries During Harvest, PG&E Power Outages Could Be Disastrous - Jon Phillips, a Santa Rosa winemaker, walked into his local hardware store in search of a generator only to learn another customer had walked out with the last one ...

PG&E Uncorks Energy Savings for Wineries

SONOMA, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is helping both boutique wineries with small production, and large wine producers, “crush” the harvest season...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Co-Host Agricultural and Winery Water Efficiency Meeting, Wednesday,...

May 16, 2014, Santa Rosa, Calif. – There will be a free workshop on water pumping efficiencies and winery wastewater treatment energy efficiency measures...