August 18, 2014
Insuring wine between harvest to shelf, and earthquakes and floods it may encounter on the way, and covering liability for cyber data breaches are top of mind for wine producers these days, according to wine experts.
August 18, 2014
Potential bulk-wine buyers already have a lot of inventory after two big harvests. Their needs are not urgent, and they figure that with harvest upon us, prices are more likely to go down than up.
Local cabernet sauvignon bulk wine inventory is now almost nonexistent, but the supply of local pinot noir wine is ample.
Deals for cab from the North Coast are moving, and are active for certain local pinot noir and chardonnay.
August 11, 2014
Scott Smith is chief financial officer for Silverado Investment Management Company.
July 28, 2014
Crews are set to start fanning out into North Coast vineyards this week to pick the first grapes of the season.
July 21, 2014
Napa County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a new 100,000-gallon-a-year (42,000 cases) winery on the 90-acre Long Meadow Ranch vineyard and fresh-produce farm in Rutherford. And at the same meeting, action was pushed back again on Boisset Family Estates’ nearly 3-year-old proposal to expand Raymond Vineyards a few properties to the north of the ranch. …
Lake County Winegrape Commission opened its new office and education center last month. …
The Wine Road of Sonoma County’s Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys, donated $25,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. …
The fourth annual Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine conference is set for November. …
Californians Building Bridges will host the first-ever delegation of Cuban sommeliers to visit California this week. …
Fine Northern Oak hired a California account manager. …
July 21, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Designing, engineering and fabricating custom-made stainless-steel and aluminum equipment for winemaking and a host of other industries is only part of what makes P&L Specialties a larger than life manufacturer. For company President and founder Ed Barr, giving back is good business.
July 21, 2014
Rich Salvestrin will be honored as Napa County Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Agriculturist of the Year. …
Summit State Bank promoted Peggy Wyman to vice president and branch manager in Rohnert Park. …
Landesign Construction Maintenance hired Lindsay Chiccone as a junior estimator and designer. …
City of Santa Rosa appointed Deborah Lauchner chief financial officer. …
Silverado Resort and Spa finished major renovations and made four key hires. …
announced that J. Mullineaux of Community Foundation Sonoma County was awarded the chartered advisor in philanthropy. …
Santa Rosa Breakfast Club, a leads, networking and business club, elected new officers. …
Keith White joined Terra Firma Global Partners in Petaluma. …
Therese Nugent joined Michael Crain Properties’ newly created residential real estate division. …
July 11, 2014
After the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider reinstating a lease to farm and pack shellfish in Point Reyes National Seashore, Drakes Bay Oyster Co. this week decided to plan to shut down at the end of this month but continue the legal fight to get back in business.
July 9, 2014
SACRAMENTO — Under provisions of a new law signed by Governor Brown, producers of wine and hard cider can get state permits to offer tastes as well as sell their products at certified farmers’ markets, subject to certain conditions.
That permit applies to the 700–800 certified markets in California, including about four dozen in the North Bay.
July 7, 2014
NAPA — Construction on a long-anticipated five-mile pipeline designed to pump high-quality recycled irrigation water to the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay, or MST, area east of Napa is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
July 7, 2014
Medical-loss payments last year increased 8.3 percent to $5.2 billion, according to the latest annual report from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. …
Irvine-based Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, which operates in San Rafael, and G2 Insurance Services, a full-service property and casualty firm based in San Francisco, announced the establishment of a business partnership. …
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, a new risk-management to offer flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers were recently released by USDA. …
July 7, 2014
The Land Trust of Napa County gave Andy and Betty Beckstoffer its 2014 Acre by Acre Award. …
Jim Murphy & Associates added Ryan Jackson as a project manager. …
Glassdoor hired Mutahar “Moody” Glasgow as chief marketing officer. …
Richard Stone, founder and chairman of Private Ocean, has been named chairman of the U.C., Berkeley, Financial Planning Program advisory board. …
Warren Capital Corporation promoted Scott Shapiro to chief operating officer. …
Sonoma Clean Power hired Kelly Foley as its general counsel; Kate Kelly, director of public affairs and marketing; Jonna Ramey, customer service director; and Amy Rider, program manager. …
Mark Bramfitt will serve as the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission’s (LAFCO) executive officer. …
PEP Housing Fisher Senior Apartments after longtime board member Leota Fisher. …
Petaluma Educational Foundation appointed Maureen Highland and Alicia Hansel. …
Council on Aging appointed Paul Miller director of legal services. …
Kevin Kellerman joined AVRS as director of education. …
The Duncan family appointed Nate Weis winemaker for Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville and Erin Miller as pinot noir winemaker for Twomey Cellars. …
Sonoma County Winegrowers named Paul and Vicki Michalczyk as winners of its 2014 Viticulture Award of Excellence. …
June 27, 2014
SAN RAFAEL — In a move considered rare against California Coastal Commission enforcement orders, a Marin County judge on Thursday blocked commission enforcement orders deemed devastating to Drakes Bay Oyster Co., which harvests one-third of California’s supply.
June 23, 2014
Karissa Kruse is president of Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational state agency that promotes and seeks to preserve Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape-growing regions.
June 16, 2014
As state water-quality regulators prepare to try again this fall with a framework designed to control erosion into the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds, winegrape growers in those areas are getting new tools to help prepare for the as-yet-undefined rules.
June 4, 2014
SAN RAFAEL – A closely watched vote that would allow construction of a new home for the Marin Farmers Market at the county’s historic civic center campus seemed poised to pass by overwhelming majority on Wednesday, with an official tally released after the close of polls showing 81 percent of voters in favor of the proposal.
June 2, 2014
As Marin County voters prepare for the polls on June 3, one measure — to remake the setting of a beloved farmers market at the Marin County Civic Center — seems poised to pass amid a wave of public support.
May 28, 2014
For people in the agricultural community who have built up valuable equity in productive assets, such as a vineyard owner with a low cost basis, tax considerations are particularly important. There are a number of strategies that your tax professional or attorney could recommend.
One strategy that may work well, with or without an estate plan and whether or not you are considering a retirement, is a charitable remainder trust, or CRT.
A potential option for funding a CRT is the use of crops.
Of course, it is important to remember that a CRT is highly complex from both a legal and financial perspective.
May 20, 2014
NORTH BAY — The Business Journal today announced the selection of its 2014 Women in Business honorees from a diverse group of industries and organizations including agriculture, wine, professional services, technology, specialty foods, restaurants, small business, health care and fitness and nonprofits.
The keynote speaker at the June 25 awards gala will be Hollie Delaney, director of human resources for Zappos.com, a company widely known for its high levels of customer service and extraordinary corporate culture. The company’s journey from San Francisco online shoe and apparel startup to its sale in 2009 to Amazon for $1.2 billion is captured in the best-selling book by its founder and CEO Tony Hsieh, “Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.”
May 19, 2014
A lot goes into the making of great wine, and when a winery becomes financially unstable, there are a lot of competing interests that need to be satisfied, including the banks that provide the winery with financing, the growers that provide the winery with grapes, the employees who provide services to the wine maker and the company that bottles and/or stores the wine.
If you are a grower of grapes that you supply to a winery for making wine, you may be in a better position to ensure payment than other parties, but you must be sure to take steps to protect your interests.
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