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Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday)

July 12, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday)

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This Sunday is Bastille Day. As France celebrates the birth of its republic, the first French winery in Napa Valley is celebrating its 40th birthday. Domaine Chandon was an epic business experiment. Its French parent company Moet & Chandon invested $22 million – a lot of money at the time – to test if they could make […]

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Why Monterey Beat Napa as California’s Top ‘Wine Destination’

January 28, 2013 | 2:39 pm

Why Monterey Beat Napa as California’s Top ‘Wine Destination’

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Growing up in Berkeley, I never had any doubt about which direction to head for the wine country: North. I went either to Sonoma County, where years ago I helped my family put in 35 acres of Sauvignon Blanc, or to Napa County, where some wineries have long made tastings into an adult theme park […]

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Amazon’s New Online Wine Shop: Industry Friend or Foe?

November 9, 2012 | 3:03 pm

Amazon’s New Online Wine Shop: Industry Friend or Foe?

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The world’s largest e-commerce site began its third foray into the world of wine Thursday. Amazon.com says customers can now order online from a list of nearly a thousand wines from around the country. KQED News anchor Stephanie Martin spoke with reporter Cathy Bussewitz, who covers California’s wine country for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, […]

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GOP Senators Call Wine Train Project ‘Tax Dollar Sinkhole’

May 10, 2012 | 10:02 am

GOP Senators Call Wine Train Project ‘Tax Dollar Sinkhole’

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From the Bay Citizen No-bid contracts cost taxpayers big money, and that’s one reason the $79 million Napa Valley Wine Train flood-control project has become a “tax dollar sinkhole,” two U.S. senators say. In a statement issued yesterday in response to a California Watch report, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., faulted the […]

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Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

February 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

Another Mondavi Enters Vintners Hall of Fame

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by Cy Musiker The Vintners Hall of Fame in St. Helena will induct Peter Mondavi Senior tonight after eight decades of making fine wine. Peter is far less famous than his late brother Robert, who was as good at self-promotion as he was at making great wine. Peter keeps, in his own words, “plugging along” […]

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Yao Ming Launches a California Winery for the Chinese Market

November 28, 2011 | 1:50 pm

Yao Ming Launches a California Winery for the Chinese Market

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There’s a new player in Napa County this week: Yao Family Wines. Yup, that Yao. Billed as “Napa’s Tallest Winemaker” on the company’s official website, the Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is poised to capitalize on the Chinese wine boom. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal today, the former 7-foot-6-inch Houston Rockets […]

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North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

October 3, 2011 | 3:36 pm

North Bay Wine Makers Rush to Get Crops In

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The first autumn rains hit the Bay Area Monday, leaving some North Bay winemakers scrambling to get their grapes in as the first drops fell. Under a sky thick with dark clouds, winemaker James Hall of Patz & Hall wine company in Sonoma, is all smiles. “With this pinot noir vineyard,” Hall said. “I am […]

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Kendall-Jackson Founder Jess Jackson, Richest Man in Sonoma County, Dies

April 21, 2011 | 10:53 am

Kendall-Jackson Founder Jess Jackson, Richest Man in Sonoma County, Dies

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Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson winery, has died at age 81. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which calls him the richest man in Sonoma County, has an extensive obituary and other coverage: Kendall-Jackson winery owner Jess Jackson dies at 81 (Santa Rosa Press Democrat) Driven to win (Feb 21, 2008) – “Wine magnate Jess Jackson […]

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