Agriculture

Straus Family Creamery in Marshall is the nation’s first creamery to achieve Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Verification for all its products and will carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on all its packaging. The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit collaboration of food producers, retailers and agricultural suppliers.

Green

For its recycling efforts Oxbow Public Market in Napa received the 2009 Recycling Award from the city of Napa and Napa Recycling and Waste Services, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from First District Rep. Mike Thompson, and a California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition from Sen. Noreen Evans and Assemblymember Patricia Wiggins.

The Alias, a prototype electric sports car from Zap in Santa Rosa, qualified for the Shakedown stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition for 100 mpg-equivalent and above cars now underway at Michigan International Speedway.  The all-electric Zap Alias appeared during kick-off ceremonies for the event at the state capitol in Lansing.

Nonprofit

The sponsors of the Business Journal’s 2010 Wine Industry Conference on April 22, including law firm Farella Braun & Martel, Comerica Bank and the Business Journal, joined with attendees to donate more than $1,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Technology

Rohnert Park-based Red Condor, provider of managed e-mail security solutions, released version 7.1 of its anti-spam software. The latest software updates contain a new scam filter that targets phishing attacks and unique scams, including "Nigerian 419" campaigns, as well as a new image filtering technique that improves the accuracy of detecting image spam.

Wine

Artesa Vineyards & Winery in Napa released Elements by Artesa, a portfolio of red wines that combines flavors and characteristics of multiple varietals grown in select vineyards across the wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

Napa-based wine import, marketing and sales company Quintessential is the exclusive U.S. importer for the Hickinbotham Paringa wines of Australia, the third Australian winery in Quintessential’s collection of 15 family-owned wineries around the world.

Representatives from the Rutherford Appellation Wineries and Rutherford Dust Society presented the Rutherford Grange with a $10,000 donation to support the grange’s restoration project, including repairs to the building interior structure, exterior facade and community event revitalization. The majority of the donation is designated for a marquee in front of the grange, which will showcase events and programs scheduled in the facility and throughout the Rutherford region.

Signorello Vineyards in Napa Valley changed its name to Signorello Estate. Earlier this year the winery launched the Enoteca Signorello, a culinary experience at Signorello Estate designed to raise awareness and appreciation for food and wine pairings.

Valley Gate Vineyards of Napa Valley announced Top It Off Bottling of Sonoma entered into an agreement to utilize the advanced bottling line at Valley Gate’s bonded winery and custom crush facility. Primarily a mobile on-site bottling firm, Top It Off will be able to increase its custom bottling capacities and expand its presence in Napa Valley.

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