December 2, 2013
NAPA — The owners of Cuvaison Estate Wines originally conceived of their Carneros location as just an agricultural operation. However, later then decided to convert an existing vintner’s office and laboratory at this site into a world-class tasting room nestled within the 390-acre property located at 1221 Duhig Rd. on the Napa County side of the Carneros winegrowing region.
December 2, 2013
SONOMA VALLEY — The owners of Hamel Family Wines are in the final stages of building an entirely new winery, wine cave, tasting room and offices from the ground up on a 124-acre parcel located north of Sonoma at 15401 Sonoma Hwy.
November 27, 2013
Foreign currency volatility can be a challenge for any California winery trading abroad. Whether importing barrels or bulk wine, the lack of certainty in U.S. dollar cost can adversely impact a winery’s bottom line.
As a result of sharp valuation undulations between the U.S. dollar and euro, California wineries have turned to foreign-exchange hedging products, such as forward contracts, to protect their profit margins.
Wineries that buy or sell products into Europe or other foreign markets have many options when considering foreign-exchange (forex or FX) hedging.
The most common hedging product utilized by California wineries is an FX forward contract. Variations are “plain-vanilla,” “window” and nondeliverable forward contracts.
November 25, 2013
Candy Yandell has been promoted to vice president by the Summit State Bank board of directors. …
Scott Muldavin, executive director of the Green Building Finance Consortium in San Rafael, received the 2013 Committee Service Award from The Counselors of Real Estate. …
Sue Riley has been named development officer at Sonoma State University. …
Greg Clark, Napa County assistant agricultural commissioner, was recommended for the office of Agricultural Commissioner-Sealer of Weights of Measures. …
To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, a Kentfield nonprofit group that raises funds for other nonprofits that provide services and support for people living with breast cancer, formed a new Medical Advisory Board. …
The Council on Aging appointed Laura Colgate, director of senior nutrition services of the Meals on Wheels Program for the Council on Aging, as chairperson of the Visioning Committee for the California Senior Nutrition Network. …
Streetwise Reports, a Petaluma-based investing newsletter publishing company, recently promoted Jason Mallin to publisher of The Gold Report. …
BreAnne Yothers was promoted to associate publisher of The Gold Report. …
Carol Augustus in Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Tiburon office earned membership in the company’s International President’s Circle. …
Napa-based Blends appointed wine industry veteran Michael Bartlett as executive vice president of sales. …
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.
November 18, 2013
CALISTOGA — Mill Valley-based Auberge Resorts on Monday said it acquired the luxury resort Calistoga Ranch, backed by a team of real estate investors and vintners including Bill Foley.
The price paid per room was among the nation’s highest on record.
November 11, 2013
Seventeen companies and professionals have been selected for North Bay Business Journal’s first Wine Industry Awards for significant contributions in getting wine from vine to consumer.
November 11, 2013
Wine industry lenders in the North Bay have seen another uptick in borrower demand in the latter half of 2013, driven in part by a need to process a harvest that appears to rival last year’s crop and a continuing trend of mergers and acquisitions throughout the industry, according to those lenders.
November 11, 2013
The 31,000-square-foot warehouse nearing completion in a Windsor business park is set to be the expanded new home of Wine Country Shipping. …
Napa Valley Vintners is distributing to local charities the first $3 million in proceeds from $16.9 million raised during the 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley event in late May. …
San Francisco-based private-equity firm Bacchus Capital last week launched BCM Wineworks, a sales and marketing agency for wineries in its investment portfolio. …
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank’s North Bay-based Wine Services Group of sales agents have been handling notable winery properties. …
Sonoma-based Collotype Digital, a division of Ohio-based Collotype Labels, a global printer of wine and spirits labels with plants in Napa and Sonoma, won top awards in two print industry competitions. …
November 11, 2013
G&J Seiberlich & Co LLP announced that Leonard LaBranche will merge his practice into the Napa-based firm. …
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announced five new board members to three-year terms and five to one-year terms. …
Zarin Mehta was named co-executive director of Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. …
Patti Hannan joined Sonoma Media Investments as chief revenue officer. …
The Hess Collection of Napa hired Linda Wish as western division strategic retail manager. …
Novato-based Winery Exchange has restructured and expanded its sales organization. …
November 4, 2013
Straddling the markedly different wine worlds of giant Central Valley producers of low-priced wines for the masses and North Coast wineries seeking higher-end grapegrowing and production expansion opportunities, Solano County has a place in the wine industry that is growing even more formidable, according to a longtime local voice for winegrowing.
November 4, 2013
ST. HELENA — With an early start for the winegrape harvest, the role of local wine labs in performing analytical tests has been extended. And one of the North Coast’s longest-running specialty labs has been extending its capabilities.
November 4, 2013
Penngrove’s Quailbrook Farm is now certified as an Animal Welfare Approved source. …
Redwood Credit Union celebrated International Credit Union Day, Oct. 17, by helping members help others in need. …
Mike Thompson secured the passage of a provision in H.R. 3080 that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to continue working with the Sonoma County Water Agency on Dry Creek restoration. …
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership as a recipient of its national WaterSense Excellence Award. …
Renova Fort Ross Foundation said its first international children’s art contest, My Fort Ross!, drew worldwide interest. …
Pleasanton-based Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, which has North Bay offices, merged with Leading Edge Properties. …
GrowLife said will open its seventh brick-and-mortar retail location in Santa Rosa. …
Three new pop-up stores will soon be open for business at Town Center Corte Madera. …
Petaluma’s Enphase Energy, Inc. announced the fourth-generation Enphase System is shipping. …
Alaska Airlines is offering members of its Mileage Plan double miles from Santa Rosa and other locations. …
Napa-based Folio Fine Wine Partners added Dal Forno Romano as a wine producer of Valpolicella. …
November 1, 2013
KENWOOD — Amid heightened demand for new grapevines for vineyard redevelopment and new plantings in recent years, Novavine has boosted its annual nursery output to 6 million vines with the opening of its largest greenhouse to date.
October 31, 2013
ST. HELENA — Napa Valley Vintners on Thursday said it is distributing to local charities the first $3 million in proceeds from $16.9 million raised during the 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley event in late May.
October 30, 2013
On Dec. 5 the second annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo will take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Driven by the success of the inaugural event in 2012, the trade show and conference has expanded from 180 to nearly 300 exhibitors this year.
The latest products and services will be displayed on the trade show floor and attendees also have the option to attend four different conference sessions.
The sessions will focus on wine production, viticulture, finance, and sales and marketing will also be available.
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.
October 24, 2013
ST. HELENA — The 2013 winegrape harvest in Napa County is anticipated to be mostly complete by the end of October, according to trade group Napa Valley Vintners.
October 22, 2013
HEALDSBURG — Custom winery Rack & Riddle Wine Services in Hopland plans to open a 67,000-square-foot winery in Healdsburg, particularly to accommodate growing demand for sparkling wine.
“Our expansion into Healdsburg, which is the first step in our expansion plan, gives us many more opportunities to serve our customers,” said managing partner Bruce Lundquist.
October 21, 2013
SANTA ROSA — The county of Sonoma has slowed down the process for adopting new zoning rules designed to protect 3,200 miles of streams and rivers from development and agriculture along their banks.
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