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Past articles by Jeff:

US wine sales in stores up 14% in 5th week of coronavirus lockdown but tripled via e-commerce

For the seven weeks of noticeable impact from the coronavirus, U.S. wine off-premises sales grew 30% by value from a year before, but growth decreased slightly in the latest figures. But direct-to-consumer sales continue to be strong. → Read More

Defending 'Butter' wines: Napa's JaM Cellars goes back to court to defend trademarked brand

JaM Cellars has filed dozens of regulatory and legal actions for several years to defend the wine brands. → Read More

Busy time of California wine grape season under social-distance rules

Workers are gearing up for the critical bloom phase of the vineyard season, which determines the size of the fall harvest. But farming amid the coronavirus pandemic requires adapting social-distance guidelines for life in the fields and bunkhouses. → Read More

Wildfire rebuilds allowed to continue during coronavirus shutdown, but Wine Country contractors not clear on what else is

Certain types of construction projects and trades were specifically called out as "essential" and "critical" in shelter in place orders to slow the new coronavirus, but details on those rules evolve daily. → Read More

Wine tasting room sales drop 22% in February, says Napa Valley-based transaction software provider

As Wine Country tourism venues report cancellations of rooms and events, a Napa Valley company that handles point-of-sale systems for hundreds North American vintners says it has seen a double-digit drop in on-site transactions. → Read More

Falling prices for North Coast excess grapes and wine may lead to write-downs

Here's why accountants see a potential impact on winery gross margins if vintners have to write down inventory because of reduced market value for excess grapes and wine. → Read More

California export boosters aim for 37% more wine abroad by 2030

A trade group that has lobbied for relaxing impediments to exports of U.S. wine abroad unveiled in Napa on Tuesday a plan to boost exports by more than one-third by the end of the decade. Here's what world wine markets are looking for. → Read More

Regulation of Napa and Sonoma winery production and visitor growth enters new phase

After a year of tightened enforcement, Napa County pursues streamlining of the winery use permit process, which small producers say is cost-prohibitive. Meanwhile, Sonoma County is returning to the challenge of managing winery events. → Read More

15 years in progress, Napa Pipe redevelopment project speeds toward possible final green light for Costco construction

A Jan. 21 Napa City Council hearing could green-light the much-anticipated club store phase of 15-year-old Napa Pipe project along the Napa River. Also envisioned are over 700 housing units plus commercial space and lodging. → Read More

Oversupply of premium wine, slower sales growth to spur discount brands, says Silicon Valley Bank forecast

Wineries in Napa, Sonoma and other premium California regions should be identifying and reaching key consumers beyond the tasting room, as "acute oversupply" and competition squeeze growth, says Silicon Valley Bank's latest industry forecast. → Read More

As some malls struggle to attract shoppers, owners look to 'food halls' as potential solution

San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace and Napa's Oxbow Public Market are cited examples of national trend that's revitalizing retail real estate. But experts reveal why what works there may not work elsewhere. → Read More

Wine in cans soars in stores: Research hints at why it's more than a millennial movement

The number of consumer options for wine in cans has skyrocketed over 2,000% in the past four years, according to Nielsen. Here's the latest research on this revived packaging trend, including surprising taste-test results. → Read More

Founders of Sonoma County’s Hip Chick Farms start Oregon CBD snacks venture

After raising millions in venture capital to fuel expansion to 17,000 stores nationwide, Hip Chick Farms backers sell the west Sonoma County company. Having left California, the founders launch a hemp-infused snacks venture. → Read More

New top manager of Chappellet plans for family winery's next 50 years

Have you been to their Sonoma Plaza tasting room? → Read More

Wine growers group wants Mendocino County name on pertinent wine labels

Mendocino County’s vintners and grape growers will vote in July whether they want to draw attention to the region as a source for upscale wines. → Read More

Hotel modules start stacking at Santa Rosa downtown project

Big rig-sized hotel rooms are being stacked like bricks in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square in a novel form of construction that is expected to shave a number of months off the AC Hotel by Marriott project. → Read More

Developer buys nearly 40 acres plus 2 sizable warehouses in Petaluma

Scannell Properties, no stranger to North Bay commercial building projects, just invested tens of millions into a riverfront industrial land and almost 182,000 square of warehouses in the southern Sonoma County city. → Read More

Marin, Napa, Sonoma home real estate markets see rising inventory, pickier buyers

The supply of higher-end homes available for sale in California Wine Country jumps in the first half of 2019, and local real estate experts say buyers are increasingly more picky. → Read More

North Bay highway construction projects on 101, 37 roll toward congestion relief

A chief champion for improvements to major commute corridors for Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties, Suzanne Smith of Sonoma County Transportation Authority updates us on projects for highways 101 and 37. → Read More

Ready-to-eat meals startup Thistle plans to open 250-worker plant in Solano County

Thistle, which specializes in healthful, locally sourced meals, beverages and snacks delivered to the home, secured a sizable production and distribution facility in Vacaville and plans to move in coming months. → Read More