Paul Franson

Paul Franson

Raymond Vineyards has applied for a permit to merge the Ticen Ranch property, which fronts on Highway 29, with its existing land off Zinfandel Lane to create an entrance on Highway 29 and reduce traffic on Zinfandel Lane.

The permit would also convert the house and a barn on the property to a hospitality center while removing a shed and adding parking.

The application also calls for changes in the existing Raymond Winery and recognition of its actual employment and many other modifications. It does not increase production, visitors, marketing events or add buildings.

The county planning staff proposes to approve the changes but a hearing will be held on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

Small winery from Indelicatos

Chris Indelicato, president of his family’s Delicato Vineyards, has applied to build modest Sam Jasper Winery on 10 acres next to the family’s Black Stallion Winery on Silverado Trail.

Jasper would produce up to 20,000 gallons of high-end wines from the existing, other family properties and contracted grapes.

The winery facility would take 14 percent of the parcel and would be set well away from the trail and the Napa River and be virtually invisible from the road. The application also requests modest marketing privileges.

More winery modifications

In addition, Black Sears Winery on Summit Lake Drive in Angwin wants to be able to welcome visitors with no increase in production or construction except the septic system.

Laura Michael Winery on Lake County Highway near Calistoga would like to recognize visitor privileges. The winery dates to 1980 and didn’t originally have any in its permit.

Trinchero buys Paso Robles winery

St. Helena’s Trinchero Family Estates has bought the Five Rivers Winery facility in the Paso Robles AVA in the Central Coast growing region from Concha y Toro’s Fetzer Vineyards.

The Five Rivers property totals 46 acres including 15 acres of vineyards planted to petite sirah and a production facility totally more than 90,000 square feet.

Fetzer is consolidating production in Mendocino County.

Trinchero plans to modernize the facility and add white wine capability for the premium and super-premium business that Trinchero Family Estates has made its priority of late.

Trinchero Family Estates, which began in 1948 with Sutter Home, is the second-largest family-owned wine company in the United States. Multiple generations of the Trinchero family continue to own and operate the business that now employs over 1,500 employees and manages more than 10,000 acres of vineyards.

It owns Sutter Home, Trincheo Napa Valley, Napa Cellars and Menage a Trois here and recently acquired Mason Cellars and is a partner with Ziata and Joel Gott wines.

Vintage Wine Estates buys Cameron Hughes Wine

Vintage Wine Estates has acquired Cameron Hughes Wine Company, which ran into trouble after its original successful business model faltered.

The company started selling excess wines at attractive during the wine glut of the early 2000s under the CHW label them through Costco and other retailers.

As the glut disappeared, the company focused on direct-to-consumer sales but that apparently wasn’t enough, and its bank foreclosed, leading to the sale.

Vintage, owned by Leslie Rudd and Pat Roney, who is president, began with Girard Winery and has bought many respected wine companies as their circumstances changes, including local Cosentino, Clos Pegase, Cartlidge and Browne, Delectus Winery and Swanson Vineyards as well as B.R. Cohn, Viansa and Windsor Vineyards in Sonoma plus many other wine brands.

Screaming Eagle owner buys Burgundian vineyard

Stan Kroenke, who owns Screaming Eagle here and Jonata and The Hilt vineyards as well as the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Rams, has bought a majority stake in respected Burgundy winery Domaine Bonneau du Martray.

Kroenke partnered with Charles Banks to buy Screaming Eagle in 2006. Kroenke bought out Banks’ stake in 2009.

Unified Symposium to open with Eric Asimov

New York Times wine critic, columnist and book author Eric Asimov will deliver the keynote luncheon speech on the opening day of the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

The Unified conference and trade show is sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. It offers educational and informative sessions to growers, winemakers and wine industry executives.

It also includes the industry’s largest trade show with more than 650 suppliers displaying their products and services.

For information, visit www.unifiedsymposium.org.

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