July 21, 2014
Napa County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a new 100,000-gallon-a-year (42,000 cases) winery on the 90-acre Long Meadow Ranch vineyard and fresh-produce farm in Rutherford. And at the same meeting, action was pushed back again on Boisset Family Estates’ nearly 3-year-old proposal to expand Raymond Vineyards a few properties to the north of the ranch. …
Lake County Winegrape Commission opened its new office and education center last month. …
The Wine Road of Sonoma County’s Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys, donated $25,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. …
The fourth annual Flavor! Napa Valley food and wine conference is set for November. …
Californians Building Bridges will host the first-ever delegation of Cuban sommeliers to visit California this week. …
Fine Northern Oak hired a California account manager. …
December 2, 2013
Robb Ollett was privately honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Wine Country Chapter. …
Argent Bank recently promoted Manuel Ramos to manage its Healdsburg branch. …
Tom Clary joined Santa Rosa-based Marizco Landscape Management as the sales and marketing manager. …
Laurence Pelosi joined TDP Bay Area Partners, LLC, a Thompson Dorfman company, as a partner, joining new partner Bruce Fairty. …
Santa Rosa-based ISOCert Solutions, LLC, hired Jill Richardson as executive vice president, Americas. …
St. Helena-based vintner Pahlmeyer, LLC, appointed Brian Kelleher to the new position of director of commercial sales. …
Yannick Girardo joined Grgich Hills Estate as hospitality manager for the Rutherford-based winery. …
July 1, 2013
Sonoma County hotel revenues and occupancy rates were up year to date in May and increased over the previous year as well, according to the latest data from Smith Travel Research. …
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa hired Krisztian Karkus as its new executive chef. …
Four North Bay restaurants — two in Sonoma County, one in Napa and one in Marin — were named winners of OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards for being a top outdoor restaurant in the U.S. …
The city of Fairfield generated $583 million in tourism-related spending last year, resulting in $36.8 million in state and local tax revenue while employing nearly 7,000 people in Solano County. …
Nearly 300 hospitality businesses in Sonoma County were awarded certificates of excellence by TripAdvisor, a distinction that only 10 percent of all businesses ranked by the travel website receive. …
October 25, 2012
Eleven North Bay restaurants received the industry’s highest rating– the Michelin star — with two Napa Valley restaurants maintaining a three-star rating and nine others earning the one-star rating.
August 27, 2012
Andy Beckstoffer was trained as an engineer, but he’s been training North Coast vines to produce world-class wines for four decades. He acquired what is now Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1973.
Mr. Beckstoffer will be a panelist at the Impact Napa 2012 conference the morning of Aug. 30. He spoke with the Business Journal about how the 2012 crop has been faring, whether or not the North Coast has a shortage of winegrapes and the impact of any crimp in supply on grape and wine prices.
May 21, 2012
RUTHERFORD — Foley Family Wines today said it purchased the vines and facilities of Sawyer Cellars, located between Rutherford and Oakville in Napa Valley.
November 14, 2011
After acquiring the Echelon Vineyards brand from Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines early this year, Novato-based Winery Exchange has revamped the brand inside the bottle and out. … Boisset Family Estates, whose U.S. portfolio of brands includes DeLoach, Buena Vista and Raymond, formed a “strategic partnership” with 75,000-case-a-year Lockwood Vineyard in Monterey County. … Part of the makeover of the Main Street Exchange building at 1040 Main St. in downtown Napa, are tenant improvements to accommodate 22 employees of Huneeus Vintners. The Huneeus family wine company plans to relocate accounting, sales administration and marketing personnel from the Quintessa winery in St. Helena to 5,800 square feet in Napa around the beginning of next year … What started as a novel packaging idea to distinguish their 400-case-a-year Rua wine brand has turned into a business in its own right for Windsor-based wine sales and marketing veterans Máire Murphy and her husband, Walt Averill. In the past year since launching CapaBunga — a surfer-esque play on “capsule” and wine barrel “bung” — they’ve sold 117,000 of the stretchable food-grade silicone bottleneck capsules. … Tony Linegar, 46, Mendocino County agricultural commissioner and sealer of weights and measures for nearly three years, will move to that role in Sonoma County on Jan. 3. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved his appointment Tuesday. … With harvest mostly over in the North Coast, it’s the start of wine business conference season.
April 11, 2011
RUTHERFORD — Filmmaker, hotelier and vintner Francis Ford Coppola today announced he acquired the Inglenook brand name and plans a significant upgrade of the Napa Valley estate where the brand was launched in 1879.
February 28, 2011
NOVATO — One of the results of Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines’ recent sales of wine assets is providing corporate alcoholic beverage brand creator Winery Exchange with a line of its own products.
September 20, 2010
People items submitted by North Bay businesses for publication in the Business Journal
June 24, 2010
NAPA VALLEY — Escondido-based real estate investment trust Realty Income Corp. (NYSE: O) today announced a $269 million sale-leaseback deal with London-based drinks conglomerate Diageo for Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, Beaulieu Vineyards in Rutherford and 2,000 acres of winegrape vines in Napa Valley.
March 9, 2010
NAPA VALLEY — The state Department of Food and Agriculture today declared 162 square miles in two portions of Napa Valley and tiny portions of Sonoma and Solano counties under quarantine to control what’s being called the first infestation of the European grapevine moth in the U.S.
January 18, 2010
Huneeus Vintners, which owns the Quintessa winery and Faust brand in Napa Valley, Veramonte in Chile and Illumination in Argentina, acquired The Prisoner and Saldo brands from Rutherford-based Orin Swift Cellars, owned by Dave Phinney. … Meanwhile, Jay Thompson, chief executive officer of The Murano Group, acquired a minority stake in Copain Wine Cellars near Healdsburg and a majority stake in Copain Custom Crush of Santa Rosa, both founded by Kevin McQuown and Wells Guthrie in 1999 and 2000, respectively. … Cosentino Signature Wines, which operates in Napa Valley but is based in London, recently reported a pretax loss of $2.78 million for the first half of 2009 on revenue of $3.56 million, compared with a $350,000 loss on revenue of $4.49 million in the same period of 2008. … Applications for Sonoma State University’s Wine Business MBA program classes this fall are due March 30. … Wine People.
October 19, 2009
Site work began in late September on 2.81 acres at 21900 Carneros Lake Lane in Carneros Business Park for Ganau America’s $5 million, 38,000-square-foot processing and distribution facility.
August 11, 2009
SAUSALITO – Boisset Family Estates, which owns DeLoach Vineyards, purchased Raymond Vineyard & Cellar from Japan-based Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd.
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.
December 11, 2006
SONOMA — Rutherford-based Patz & Hall and Carneros-based Saintsbury will be moving their pinot noir and chardonnay wine programs to the same industrial park in south Sonoma next year.