11 03, 2023

SF Chronicle: Silicon Valley Bank collapse is causing a financial crisis for California’s wine industry

2023-03-11T08:44:15-08:00March 11, 2023|

Silicon Valley Bank was closed Friday by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation after a bank run by its venture capital customers. For nearly 30 years, the bank has been the go-to financial institution for the California wine industry. But now, an estimated thousands of wineries are locked out of their Silicon Valley Bank accounts — and they don’t know if, or when, they’ll get access to their money. 

6 03, 2023

Wine Searcher: Wholesalers’ Online Wine Claims Don’t Stand Up

2023-03-06T09:46:32-08:00March 6, 2023|

In their ongoing battle to make sure they get a 30 percent cut of every bottle of wine, wholesalers like to publicize stings staged to demonstrate that underage people can order wine online. But an extensive study by one of the most widely used platforms to ship wine shows that real underage kids almost never actually try to order wine – and when they do, they're usually stopped right away.

16 02, 2022

New Legislation Would Expand Online Wine Auctions in California

2023-02-13T09:25:33-08:00February 16, 2022|

Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced legislation that would increase the number of annual fundraising auctions that registered nonprofits and trade organizations may conduct. “Expanding the ability to hold these online auctions makes perfect sense given the technology that has emerged during the pandemic to keep us safe,” Sen. Dodd said in a press release. “My bill would allow groups to step up this much-needed fundraising, improving our economy and charitable giving.”

6 03, 2021

Mullan Road Cellars: A Journey into the Royal Slope AVA

2021-03-06T09:42:52-08:00March 6, 2021|

In the spring of 1853, a young man fresh out of West Point by the name of Lieutenant John Mullan was ready to put his topical engineering training to the task of improving a wagon route from Fort Benton to Fort Walla Walla, which was then known as the Washington Territory. Because of war, construction would be delayed by about five years.  Overseeing a workforce of 200 people, Lt. Mullan through a combination of perseverance and ingenuity, would develop a road that would serve as a primary centralized route for settlers migrating to the Pacific Northwest and be aptly named for the person who led the charge.


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