December 8, 2014
ST. HELENA — The Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative has served 1,225 children and their parents in Napa County in their work toward narrowing the academic achievement gap for English language-learning children during its first year.
For new-to-English students in Napa County in 2011, the achievement gap was an 18 percent to 34 percentage point difference between their average scores on national tests by subject matter as compared to their English-fluent counterparts.
August 27, 2014
NAPA — While the full extent of damages to Napa County’s wine and related businesses from Sunday’s earthquake won’t be known for days or weeks, county emergency-response officials have reached heard back from 239 local wineries and have heard from just more than half had quake-related damages or losses, estimated to be nearly $50 million.
May 26, 2014
NAPA — Amid calls for a moratorium on new vineyards and wineries in Napa County because of concerns about visitor traffic and water shortages, county government’s top decision-makers on such projects directed staff to give them a clearer view on the situation by this fall and develop solutions for streamlining the environmental-review process and informing more neighbors about project proposals.
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 24, 2014
Mezcal Vago of Mexico inks a distribution deal with The Henry Wine Group of Benicia. …
Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, opened a store in Fairfield. …
Cyan Inc. of Petaluma said it signed a deal with a South Korean provincial government to install its Blue Planet software-defined network. …
Swedish wine club Munskänkarna, the world’s largest, named Sonoma and Napa counties this year’s “Wine Regions of the Year.” …
Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley give $5 million to Napa Valley Vine Trail. …
TexaCali Wine Co.. and Winemonger form a strategic partnership. …
Winemakers Paul Hobbs of Sebastopol and Johannes Selbach of Germany buy a New York vineyard. …
Food & Wine magazine named Oakville-based Silver Oak best in steakhouses. …
Korbel Brandy turns 125. …
Treasury Wine Estates rebooted its Sonoma County-focused Souverain brand for the first time since the 2006 sale of the landmark Geyserville chateau. …
January 13, 2014
ST. HELENA — Napa Valley Vintners on Monday said the more than $525,000 in Auction Napa Valley 2013 proceeds are going to three agencies that help 4,500-plus Napa County residents live independently and deal with the effects of aging.
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 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.
September 25, 2013
Thirty-five Master of Wine and Master Sommelier students met in Napa Valley on Sunday for a multiday immersion program about the wine region.
September 9, 2013
Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a recent survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. …
Marin Clean Energy, a program offering cleaner energy choices for electric customers in Marin County and the City of Richmond, is sponsoring GRID Alternatives’ largest installation event of the year, the eighth annual Bay Area Solarthon. …
Cake Plate and Scott Lyall shoes recently opened businesses along the Napa Riverfront. …
In an effort to increase ridership and awareness, the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) will be launching a new Solano Express Intercity Campaign for riders who wish to travel outside their city and county with ease. …
Napa Valley Vintners announced it has obtained certification mark protection for the Napa Valley name in Norway. …
June 20, 2013
NAPA — Bolstered by the recent BottleRock music festival that drew scores of visitors, hotel occupancy rates and tourism spending in the Napa Valley were up significantly in May compared with the previous year, according to Visit Napa Valley, the county’s official tourism organization.
May 20, 2013
ST. HELENA — Bloom may be still a few weeks away for local winegrape vines, but economic conditions for the industry’s key consumers appear to be in full bloom, given the record-fast sellout of tickets to the upcoming 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley fundraiser (auctionnapavalley.org) May 30–June 2 and brimming guest logs at area hotels, according to organizers.
March 11, 2013
Agavé Garden (agavegarden.com) is not grape wine, but it is fermented in local wine country and shipped in wine bottles. It’s not distilled like tequila, but it is made from organic syrup of Agavé tequilana weber, or blue agave. This “fine agavé wine” is the work of custom vintner Owl Ridge Wine Services of Sebastopol. …
Large-scale custom winemaking company The Vintners Group, which operates Carneros Vintners, purchased a 600,000-gallon winery it had been renting from the VinREIT division of Entertainment Properties Trust since the middle of last year. …
Karissa Kruse, who has been marketing director for Sonoma County Winegrape Commission since August and instrumental in the rollout of the Sonoma County branding campaign, is set be the 1,800-plus-member organization’s next president on May 1. She replaces Nick Frey. …
The anticipated Kendall-Jackson bistro and tasting lounge is coming to the Healdsburg plaza area around the end of this month. The 55-seat restaurant, called Partake by K-J (partakebykj.com), is set to open March 25 at 241 Healdsburg Ave. …
La Follette Wines (lafollettewines.com), launched in 2010 by Tandem creator Greg La Follette, is set to open a tasting room with private and public tasting events March 15–17 at The Barlow industrial-retail redevelopment in Sebastopol. …
The 17th annual Premiere Napa Valley charity auction by Napa Valley Vintners in late February took in $3.04 million, nearly matching last year’s record. …
A total of $483,500 in proceeds from the 2012 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend charity food and wine events. …
A 9-liter bottle of 2010 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors pinot noir was auctioned for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo record $205,000. …
December 17, 2012
ST. HELENA — Wine industry trade group Napa Valley Vintners today said it donated $1.275 million to community services for Napa County schoolchildren and college-goers.
December 17, 2012
The California State Association of Counties has elected Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to serve as second vice president. …
Napa-based Attracta announced the addition of David Koston as chief technology officer. …
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage hired Marion Ghiringhelli to join its sales team, in a new position handling oak alternative products. …
After seven years with the Napa Valley Vintners, Terry Hall announced he is leaving to start his own communications, branding and event planning business called TH|ink. …
November 29, 2012
ST. HELENA — The total economic impact of Napa County’s grape and wine business last year was $13.3 billion inside the county line, $25.9 billion in California and more than $50 billion in the U.S., according to a study released today by a local trade group.
November 5, 2012
NAPA COUNTY — As planners in Napa County continue development of a strategy to address state-mandated reductions to greenhouse gas emissions, industry groups have expressed concern that a proposed local market for carbon credits will increase costs for developers and suppress new vineyard and agricultural projects in the region.
July 23, 2012
Novato-based ET Water Systems, Inc., which offers a range of traditional, retrofit and cloud-based irrigation management products for new and existing landscapes, announced the release of a suite of water budget tools that enable customers to monitor and manage water use in real-time, with graphs and analytics to communicate actionable, water saving data to stakeholders and stay within monthly water budget requirements.
Democrasoft, Inc. (OTCBB: DEMO), the Santa Rosa-based developer of the online Collaborize Classroom education software, announced the completion of a $500,000 interim funding private placement; most of the securities were sold to existing investors.
The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley founder and President, Tracy Hayward, announced the launch of a new warehouse program for local residents and businesses.
Shakespeare Napa Valley will present Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies set in the fantastical world of the “Wild Wild West,” free of charge in beautiful Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Napa, July 20–29.
The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Three outpatient clinical programs in Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Health’s physician network, were recognized for statewide best practices in the California Association of Physician Groups’ annual Standards of Excellence Survey of medical group features and capabilities.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Live Well Be Well workplace-wellness program received platinum certification in the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health.
HopMonk Tavern owner Dean Biersch has announced that Novato will be the home of his third craft beer-centric tavern with plans to open fall 2012.
Silverado Country Club, located at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, announced the availability of a limited number of memberships to individuals outside of the Silverado Community for the first time.
Cogenra Solar, a Mountain View-based provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems, announced its first dairy solar cogeneration system at the Clover Stornetta Farms Dairy Processing Plant in Petaluma.
B.R. Cohn Winery, based in Glen Ellen, received three gold medals at the California State Fair Wine Competition for the 2009 Mendocino County Barbera, the 2010 Carneros Chardonnay and the 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir.
Twenty-six volunteers from the business community and government agencies have been working together to conduct interviews throughout the county in recent weeks as part of Sonoma County BEST’s “100 in 100” effort.
United Way recently honored local businesses with their annual Community Partnership Awards.
For the first time in its six-year history, two organizations tied for Nonprofit Organization of the Year in the Napa Community Awards, presented at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. Community Health Clinic Ole and Community Action of Napa Valley jointly received the prestigious award, selected from among nine nominees submitted by the community.
Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a project of Homeward Bound of Marin, has received a $30,000 grant to refine and enhance its training program with updated curriculum and a new job coach.
The Sonoma County Harvest Fair judges have announced Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm olive oil is a double gold winner in the fair’s professional olive oil competition.
Novato-based Circle Bank announced that the Redwood Empire Food Bank, which serves Sonoma County and the North Bay, will be the beneficiary of its quarterly charity day program.
SailNapaValley.com, a collaboration between the Napa Valley Destination Council, Napa Valley Vintners and the 34th America’s Cup, launches on June 27 to showcase Napa Valley lodging, wine and culinary offerings for fans and friends of the America’s Cup.
April 2, 2012
NORTH BAY – With high heating oil, propane and electricity prices, more commercial and residential building owners — as well as municipalities and school systems — are considering geothermal ground source heating and cooling as an alternative.
February 27, 2012
ST. HELENA — The annual Premiere Napa Valley auction of future wine vintages — considered a leading indicator of the health of the luxury wine business — over the weekend brought in $3.1 million, up 30.7 percent from last year’s previous record figure.
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