June 10, 2014
President Obama on Tuesday signed authorization for 34 Army Corps of Engineers water-related projects nationwide, including a long-sought green light for restoration projects in Dry Creek, allowing badly needed reservoir water to continue to flow sufficiently to meet the needs in Sonoma and northern Marin counties without an estimated $300 million bypass pipeline.
June 24, 2013
Ruth Waltenspiel is co-owner of Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg.
March 14, 2012
DRY CREEK VALLEY — Ken and Diane Wilson have added a seventh winery to their growing portfolio with the announcement today of the acquisition of Dry Creek Valley zinfandel specialist Pezzi King Vineyards from Jim Rowe Sr. and his wife, Cynthia.
November 10, 2011
HEALDSBURG — After previous attempts to purchase Michel-Schlumberger, a Southern California-based investor who owns Alder Fels and other California and French wineries has acquired the Dry Creek Valley boutique vintner.
October 25, 2011
Sbragia Family Vineyards, a Dry Creek Valley-based maker of higher-end wines, received a “significant equity investment” from a wine-focused fund in San Francisco.
July 4, 2011
I stood in the rain and checked the calendar on my watch. It said June but it sure looked like January. I was standing in a merlot vineyard with the self-proclaimed “Best Damn Grower in Dry Creek.” (I probably should not mention that his name is Jim Ricci, so keep that to yourself.) This grower was convinced, as growers often are, that the merlot crop will be light this year. I tried to disagree, but it was hard to argue with him in the pouring rain.
March 14, 2011
Sonoma-based Cecchetti Wine Co. reported that it had its third year of volume sales growth. Roy Cecchetti’s goal of making lower-priced wines has resulted in 200,000 cases sold in 2010, a 39 percent increase from 2009. The winery is projecting sales of 250,000 cases total this year. … Winners from vineyard pruning contests in Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa counties. … A California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement opinion letter has added new wrinkles to the quandary over whether student interns have to be paid at least minimum wage as employees, according to Jennifer Phillips, an employment and real estate attorney with Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Santa Rosa. … Graton-based custom winemaker Sonoma Wine Co., which now produces more than 5 million cases of wine from six facilities in Sonoma and Napa counties, inked a deal with Sebastopol-based Winesecrets to provide services to Sonoma Wine’s 30 clients. … Golden State Overnight and FedEx expand direct-shipping services. … Bill Hambrecht teams with Paul and Heath Dolan and Phil Hurst in the H.D.D. wine group venture. … Dry Creek Vineyard entered a sales and marketing agreement with Sonoma-based V2 Wine Group, which will manage Dry Creek’s distribution nationwide.
December 13, 2010
Seaton Vineyards to build winery; traffic study in contention
June 29, 2009
What follows are brief introductions to the top leaders of independently owned wine companies from the Business Journal’s Independently Owned Wineries list, published in March, and the Wine Companies list, published in this issue.