November 25, 2013
High-end distilleries in the North Bay and across California are stepping up their efforts to ease restrictions they say is hindering growth at a time when demand is soaring, as with the state’s recent surge in craft beer.
October 28, 2013
Mark Bateman has partnered with Aperio Group, a Sausalito-based investment management firm. …
Gary Scott, Debbie Gilman and Letizia Veronese of Edward Jones in Sonoma recently were honored by the firm for their performance and client service excellence. …
Donna Zapata, business development officer for Redwood Credit Union, recently joined the Napa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. …
Alejandro Díaz joined Napa County Chamber of Commerce. …
Napa County recommended Pete Parkinson, former director of the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department, as interim director of Napa County’s planning department. …
Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Dave Whitmer was awarded the first-ever “Special Achievement – Manager Award.” …
Sonoma-Marin Fair Chief Executive Officer Pat Conklin is stepping down to work full-time for the Dixon May Fair in Dixon. …
The Fair Housing of Marin Board of Directors appointed its current housing director, Caroline Peattie, as executive director. …
Kathy Goodacre was hired as executive director for The Career Technical Education Fund of Sonoma County. …
October 16, 2013
More than two dozen North Bay restaurants made the “Bib Gourmand” list in the forthcoming new Bay Area edition of the Michelin Guide, which also issues “star” ratings to top restaurants.
August 26, 2013
For those wanting to know how much their wineries and vineyard are worth, Tony Correia has been a go-to expert, particularly in the North Coast, for three decades.
A panelist at the Business Journal’s Impact Napa: Wine conference Thursday in Napa, he talked with the Business Journal about recent transactions and the influence of global farm land investment and looming shortage of North Coast winegrape and Napa Valley vineyard land.
August 19, 2013
NAPA — A major cost in setting up a new custom winery is the equipment to get wine into the bottle, but a Sonoma Valley mobile bottling and filtering company bets it has that covered as it prepares to roll into a new operations hub and blending facility in southern Napa Valley.
August 12, 2013
SONOMA — Nelson Family of Companies on Monday said Donna Farrugia, who led a creative and marketing talent agency with three Bay Area offices, will be the staffing-services group’s new chief executive officer.
Ms. Farrugia, most recently executive director of Robert Half International’s The Creative Group, has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, business development and management. Effective Sept. 9, she will focus on keeping Nelson (nelsonhr.com) at the forefront of an ever-expanding staffing and compliance market, according to the company.
August 12, 2013
Richard Reid is Marin General Hospital’s affiliate chief financial officer for Sonoma Valley Hospital and Palm Drive Hospital.
July 22, 2013
NAPA — Free Flow Wines is quadrupling the size of its keg-filling operation in a move to southern Napa Valley to keep up with demand for providing wine to on-premise accounts in a format that allows for more sales and less waste.
June 24, 2013
Terin Ignozzi is owner and winemaker of Bryter Estates near Sonoma.
June 11, 2013
SONOMA — Sonoma-based luxury lodging management company BeautifulPlaces acquired McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas, a 28-year-old U.S. Virgin Islands vacation rental company.
June 10, 2013
The following citizens were honored at the annual Napa Valley Community Awards in late May. …
Scott Newman, administration manager at Smith Ranch Homes Homeowners’ Association in San Rafael, recently earned the professional community association manager credential from Community Associations Institute. …
Star Staffing hired Steffanie Chaviano and Mary Ann Mancuso for its Napa office. …
Don Sebastiani & Sons promoted Tom Hawkins to chief financial officer and general manager. …
June 3, 2013
First Northern Community Bancorp, the holding company for First Northern Bank, announced that John Carbahal was elected to a three-year term as chairman and Foy McNaughton was elected to a one-year term as vice chairman. …
Sonoma Bank recently hired Linda Sims as a treasury management sales consultant at its Walnut Creek SBA and Loan office. …
Sonoma Bank also hired Jon Daco as a sales manager and loan officer at its Walnut Creek Home Loan Division. …
Codding Investments board of directors appointed Eric Reid to serve as the company’s chief financial officer. …
Creative Counseling for Elders and Families, Inc. announced the addition of Kira Reginato, therapeutic care manager, to its staff. …
The Olive Press in Sonoma hired Chris Gilmore as its new production manager. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Erik W. Matson to the position of commercial insurance field executive. …
Susie Bynum, national sales manager for Ehret Family Winery, was re-elected to a third term as chairman of The Meritage Alliance at the group’s annual meeting in May. …
May 13, 2013
Diana Brennan, who has worked in Sonoma Raceway media relations since 1999, was promoted from director to senior director of media and community relations. …
Altus Equity Group in Santa Rosa hired Kristy Brooks as operations manager. …
Kyle Young is the newest agent of commercial real estate brokerage Keegan & Coppin Company, Inc./ONCOR International’s Santa Rosa office….
Novato-based Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., appointed Eric Yuen, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president. …
Marla Carroll was named winemaker at Franciscan Estate Winery in St. Helena. …
April 15, 2013
SONOMA — Food products co-packer MPK Sonoma Corp. shut down at the end of February after a customer that made up 95 percent of revenue took production in-house in March.
April 5, 2013
SONOMA — The Cline family who make two Sonoma Valley wine brands purchased The Olive Press, an olive mill that produces gourmet oil, food and personal-care products from olives.
The business has its mill and a tasting room in Sonoma and a tasting room at Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
March 11, 2013
The two largest wine label printing companies in the North Coast have been expanding through acquisition, organic growth and equipment upgrades in the past year and a half as sales of wine bottles have been accelerating.
December 17, 2012
The Business Journal honored 14 building projects last Thursday at its seventh annual Top Real Estate Projects Awards reception. The event allowed us to pause for a moment during this busy time of year to consider the accomplishments of the organizations, architects, designers, builders and others behind these significant projects.
December 10, 2012
Sonoma-based wine company Don Sebastiani & Sons upgraded its south Napa winery, now called Steelbird Cellars after birds that populate the area, with new bottling capabilities, high-tech treatment of water to reduce chemicals used, energy-efficient lighting and “showcase” offices and client reception area. …
Fresh off the dissolution of the Mendocino Wine & Winegrape Commission this summer, the new marketing organization, Mendocino Winegrowers, has partnered with Amazon.com to sell more than 500 wines from the county’s appellations in the large online retailer’s second attempt at wine-to-consumer sales. …
Nearly three years after expanding from franchisees of two Napa UPS Store locations into owner-operators of a wine order fulfillment business in south Napa, Bill and Patti Myers are expanding Eagle Rock Fulfillment for the fourth time. …
Wine Direct to Trade is St. Helena-based company started by two veterans of wine direct sales, marketing and wholesaling are trying to create an Internet-based platform to simplify the process of selling wine to trade accounts. …
Sonoma County Vintners hired Dana Macaulay as director of events. She will be managing the 200-member trade group’s U.S. and international events such as Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, a joint production with Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. …
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage hired Marion Ghiringhelli for a new position in North American sales and marketing of the company’s rapidly expanding oak-alternatives business. …
Novato-based wine accessories developer and distributor Cork Pops, which came up with the eponymous product for opening wine corks two decades ago and the vinOair bottle spout-aerator more recently, just released vinOice, a drip-resistant spout designed to chill a bottle of white or sparkling wine to an optimum temperature and keep it that way for up to an hour.
November 12, 2012
SONOMA VALLEY — Nearly five years after taking over cash-strapped Viansa Winery & Marketplace in Sonoma Valley, a New York-based hedge fund is considering a buyout offer from a former executive who quickly returned Viansa to profitably and has been running it since.
November 5, 2012
Recently I was invited to present at an event called LocalMade at the San Francisco headquarters of Gensler, the second largest architectural firm in the U.S. The goal was to introduce some of the principals’ favorite Bay Area artisans to their staff and also to network Gensler’s internationally known architects and interior designers with other San Francisco designers. It was an especially rich networking event because quality and innovation were requirements for participation.
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