August 28, 2014
NAPA — The Napa County Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted to seek President Obama’s declaration of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake Sunday as a “major disaster,” which allows the area to seek state and federal assistance.
The county’s latest estimate of quake damage and economic impact is $362 million.
July 21, 2014
NAPA — Lixit Corp., which has captured more than two-thirds of the U.S. market for small-pet watering devices, is preparing to reel in more dog accessories sales with the acquisition of a Chicago-area pet products company that patented a reel-based dog run, and a new Napa warehouse is planned to support Lixit’s double-digit annual growth.
June 2, 2014
AMERICAN CANYON — In working on the $610 million renovation and expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, fiber-reinforced composites fabricator Kreysler & Associates is getting noticed throughout North America for allowing wider-ranging beauty on building exteriors via a lighter-weight, fire-resistant “skin” panel.
May 27, 2014
NAPA — Queen of the Valley Medical Center on Tuesday said it would cut about 111 positions while closing four outpatient units, in response to “the rapid and historic transformation impacting hospitals across the country.”
In addition, the St. Joseph Health–owned hospital said hours would be reduced for five positions, and five units of the facility will be outsourced.
March 10, 2014
Construction started last week on the latest new wine warehousing project in Napa Valley, two buildings totaling 287,000 square feet in American Canyon. …
Larkspur-based O’Neill Vintners & Distillers and Vineburg-based Cecchetti Wine Co. on March 4 said they are blending winemaking and sales functions for their respective national wine brands. …
Frank Patassy and his winemaker son, Stephen, sold their Patassy Vineyard property with a 2,000-case-a-year winery. …
March 10, 2014
As more producers of higher-end and even superpremium-priced wine turn to screen-printed labels on bottles as a way to distinguish themselves on ever-crowded store shelves, local printing companies have been spending several million dollars upgrading equipment to handle a surge in orders.
“It came in at just the nick of time, because we needed it,” said Mike Bergin about Bergin Glass Impressions’ new equipment.
February 24, 2014
NAPA — Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley said each will provide $2.5 million in funding toward construction of the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle path spanning 47 miles from Vallejo to Calistoga.
February 10, 2014
The size of the winegrape crop in the North Coast reached about $1.4 billion in value and 562,000 tons, up 2.4 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively, from the record-scale 2012 crop, according to the first release of the state’s tally of the harvest released Monday.
February 3, 2014
NAPA – To better understand both resident and visitor impact on the local Napa economy, a group of regional developers commissioned the Buxton Company, a leading customer analytics firm based in Ft. Worth, Texas, to help identify Napa’s major retail and restaurant customers, determine where they come from and the value they deliver to local businesses and the city itself.
January 29, 2014
ST. HELENA — Napa Valley winegrape growers are drawing on a number of measures to limit water usage and protect vines that are beginning to bud more than a month early, as California’s drought has turned normally wet, chilly winter days into a stretch of warm, dry days that could ultimately lead to a smaller 2014 crop, according to local industry experts.
January 24, 2014
NAPA — Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage on Friday said it is expanding further into barrel alternatives with the acquisition of Fine Northern Oak, a Wisconsin-based maker of fine-grain American oak chips and staves used to enhance wine inside tanks and older barrels.
January 13, 2014
FAIRFIELD — The North American arm of the world’s largest producer of safety closures for spirits bottles and wine screw caps plans to set up a North Coast production plant tailored to small-scale orders.
January 9, 2014
NAPA — A St. Louis-based investment group acquired The Winetasting Network intellectual property and wine inventory from 1-800-Flowers and plans to bring back the Ambrosia brand as an e-tailer of luxury wine and related gifts.
December 20, 2013
NAPA — The county of Napa said it completed its acquisition of the 25-acre former Dey Laboratories, which will be renovated for a new base of operations for county health services that are expanding because of health care reform and state responsibilities shifting to the county
December 18, 2013
NAPA — Mark Pope, founder of Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits, a Napa shop connecting valley visitors and far-flung consumers with rare and much-in-demand beverages for two decades, on Wednesday said it plans to go global, thanks to new financial backers.
December 9, 2013
Amcor Flexibles is installing its second American Canyon production line for long-skirted Stelvin Plus aluminum screw caps, effectively doubling the production capacity for the bottle closure targeted at higher-end North Coast wines. …
In the North Coast, the most ample varieties could be near 2012 record levels, even topping them in the case of pinot noir. …
Napa Valley Grapegrowers selected Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer, who retires this month after 33 years in that role, as the first recipient of the Ed Weber Award. …
Patz & Hall plans to move its tasting salon from a south Napa industrial park to near its production facility in the Eighth Street East industrial winery cluster south of Sonoma. …
Longtime North Coast agricultural property appraiser Tony Correia as of Dec. 1 is going back out on his own. …
December 5, 2013
NAPA — Collotype Labels on Thursday said it is expanding its Napa wine label printing plant by 20,000 square feet to accommodate growth and consolidation of another California plant.
November 22, 2013
Unemployment rates across the North Bay dropped in September and largely remained the same in October, according to figures from the state Employment Development Department.
November 19, 2013
GEYSERVILLE and NAPA — Treasury Wine Estates (ASX: TWE) has agreed to make and package brands for Accolade Wines at Treasury’s North Coast facilities.
October 28, 2013
Trademarks are especially important in the wine industry. Brand names, of course, are the means by which consumers distinguish between competing goods and services.
With wine, the consumer’s choice is often made based solely on the brand name or label. And trademark missteps can be expensive — rebranding, pursuing an infringer, and trying to resolve conflicts during the sale of a business are all costly and time consuming. Developing and protecting strong trademarks should therefore be considered an investment designed both to ensure that others cannot stop you from using your mark and to prevent others from using your mark or a confusingly similar mark.
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