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Afternoon Brief, August 29th

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Compromise Evacuation Zone Ordinance for Farmers: The new regulations are a compromise between labor activists who advocated for a wide range of worker protections such as hazard and disaster pay for the estimated 8,500 farmworkers working in the county and the politically powerful wine industry, which argued for flexibility with public safety officials having the power to decide who is allowed to enter evacuation zones...

Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Returns for 38th Year

Santa Barbara Wine Country Honored as Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year Santa Barbara, CA, August 26, 2022 – One of California’s most highly...

Afternoon Brief, August 12th

More North Coast Winery Website Lawsuits End Without Settlements: More than half the dozens of recent federal lawsuits brought by one Florida man against North Coast wineries over accessibility of their websites have been dismissed, including nearly two dozen in the past 30 days. And more of these are getting resolved without settlements...

Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Returns for 38th Year

Santa Barbara Wine Country Honored as Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year Santa Barbara, CA, July 12, 2022 – One of California’s most highly anticipated...

Afternoon Brief, May 31st

Wine's Supply Crisis: Opportunity in Disguise: As supply-chain issues bite, wineries are looking at innovative ways to cut costs – and help the environment...

Afternoon Brief, August 27

Crop Insurance Fears for Smoke-Hit Vineyards: Growers affected by the California wildfires should take a close look at the small print on their insurance policies...

Alisos Canyon in Santa Barbara Approved as AVA

The Alisos Canyon area has long been revered for its high-quality fruit with its unique affinity towards Rhone-style varietals, and now the TTB has...

Afternoon Brief, August 21

Wineries Harvest While Wine Country Burns: Large swathes of California continued to burn on Thursday from fires ignited by more than 10,000 lightning strikes. Firefighters are desperately overworked. Yet, even as homes and a hospital were evacuated, many wineries report clear skies and no smoke in the vineyard...

Afternoon Brief, August 19

Hennessey Fire Threatens Napa's Oldest Family-Owned Winery: There’s a saying in Aimee Sunseri’s family: never skip a harvest. It’s perhaps especially poignant advice because six generations’ worth of winemakers and grape growers have heeded it...

Afternoon Brief, May 6

Sonoma Wineries Are Itching to Open Up Their Doors and Invite Back Visitors: The shelter-in-place order has been hard on wineries that rely on tasting room and on-premise sales as well as their front line allies, tasting room staff and waiters, who have been out of a job...

Afternoon Brief, May 1

Oregon Aims to Include Brewpubs, Wineries in Reopening: Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars remain closed...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Rodney Strong Vineyards Statement on Wine Leak: In the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, we became aware of a leak in one of our blending tanks. We worked urgently to contain the leak and save as much wine as we could...

Afternoon Brief, September 18

Would New Fee Empower Wine Country Marketing Efforts? : Should Santa Barbara County wineries impose a two percent fee on each bottle sold to help pay for regional marketing efforts? The staff and board members of the Santa Barbara Vintners certainly believe so...

The Thornhill Companies’ Nicholas Miller Appointed as Board Member of the...

Santa Maria, CA – The Thornhill Companies is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicholas Miller as Board Member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association. The...

California’s Top Wine Festival by Winemakers for Wine Lovers

37th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Returns to Santa Maria SANTA BARBARA, CA – February 5, 2019 – The Santa Barbara Vintners Festival, now in its 37th...
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