Special Coverage: Vine Notes

Vine Notes: Inside Napa County's streamlining of the winery permit process

Here's how officials, industry representatives and other stakeholders are looking for ways to ease the regulatory burden for small-scale vintners while retaining oversight of use permits. (sponsored by Farella Braun + Martel)

Vine Notes: Wine industry poised for opportunity

Leading North Coast vintners talk environmentally friendly best practices at climate change summit, and discover the meaning behind big players' acquisitions and divestitures of brands. (sponsored by Rabobank)

Vine Notes: Why more rain could mean bigger problems for your business

California Wine Country rains in early 2019 resulted in floods and some vineyard erosion. Grapevines aren't insurable from water-related losses. So here's your nine-step guide to get your operations ready. (sponsored by Heffernan Insurance Brokers)

Vine Notes: Time to rethink your wine marketing

"The playbook we have for building brands that was so successful with boomers is not working with millennials. We need a new playbook," writes Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: How your winery or vineyard can succeed without you

Succession planning helps ensure business stability if you die or are incapacitated, and it increases the odds of your enterprise's achieving full potential over the long term, writes Lauren Galbraith of Farella Braun + Martel.

Vine Notes: Wineries need new 'owners' amid fierce competition

"Wineries of all sizes need to find new owners ... creating a sense of ownership by the consumer with the brand," writes Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: What grape growers can do when wineries get smoke in their eyes

Many wineries recognize that both rejection of grapes and withholding payment for grapes deemed suspect for "smoke taint" have a damaging economic effect on growers, write Katherine Philippakis and Karen Yuen of Farella Braun + Martel.

Is your winery or vineyard business ready for these 5 big risks?

Here are five major loss exposures facing vintner and wine grape businesses, according to Heffernan Insurance Brokers.

Vine Notes: Napa and Sonoma vineyard value growth cools as groundwater scrutiny heats up

Will the increased value be enough to offset lower production and increasing unit costs for growers and landowners from control on irrigation? Columnist Charles Day of Rabobank explores both trends.

Vine Notes: New rules kick in for Napa and Sonoma vineyards

Time is running out to enroll vineyards in this new regulatory program, several years in the making. Performance standards include erosion, nutrient and pesticide management, writes attorney Robert Hines of Farella Braun + Martel.

Vine Notes: New worker-injury rules you need to know

Starting in July, California wine industry employers and other U.S. businesses must report employee injuries and illnesses. Find out how to comply with these and other worker-safety rules.

Vine Notes: Cannabis may battle wine for consumer attention

In a recent national poll, those planning to increase cannabis use with legalization was especially significant among women and older, wealthier consumers — core demographics of wine consumption, writes columnist Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: New laws restrict job applicants’ criminal and pay histories

Two new California employment laws restrict employers from obtaining and relying upon criminal and pay information about job applicants.

Vine Notes: Wineries pitch 3-tier change-up to distribution

Treasury Wine Estates’s recent shift to direct distribution to trade accounts in certain states is part of a wider adjustment by producers amid shrinking numbers of wholesalers, writes columnist Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: Harassment-training requirement expands in California

California Senate Bill 396, effective Jan. 1, expands sexual-harassment training for vineyard, winery and other employees to also include gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Vine Notes: 3 steps to maximizing business fire coverage

If your winery, vineyard or other wine-related business has sustained a fire loss, here are steps for you to take in working with your insurers to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits, write three experts.

Vine Notes: 5 big risks to wine businesses

Here are five major loss exposures facing wine businesses, according to Heffernan Insurance Brokers.

Vine Notes: 12 legal pitfalls for winery events

Vintners must be aware of these regulatory requirements for ‘passport’ events, winemaker dinners and invitation-only events, writes attorney Richard Van Duzer of Farella Braun + Martel.

Vine Notes: Are North Coast vineyards getting too pricey?

Pricing increases for Napa cabernet sauvignon grapes seem to be outpacing those for Napa cab wines. But are those increases worth it for less-than-stellar fruit? asks columnist Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: Cyber attack lurks around your web-connected winery or vineyard

If a device in your winery or vineyard connects to the internet, it is vulnerable. Farella Braun + Martel attorney partner Tyler Gerking explains the risks and protections.

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