“Gifts from Heaven!” Auction Napa Valley at work in St. Helena

It is easy to look at St Helena and assume this picturesque town escapes the problems that occur in every town big or small.  Our historic main street and acres of perfectly manicured vineyards paint a beautiful scene but the residents here live relatively normal lives and from time to…

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Successful Tasting Room Metrics

  In our second live video broadcast of the year, we focused on the Tasting Room, Wine Clubs and Direct Sales with a panel of industry experts. The entire broadcast was supported by an extensive survey, with over 500 respondents taking part from across the US. The complete results from…

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Supporting Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) of the North Bay, a beneficiary of Auction Napa Valley funding, has a longstanding history of serving the Napa Valley. The first chapter of BBBS of Marin began in 1970 and in 1999 a Napa chapter was added.   I reached out to Lauren Grayman, executive director of…

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Auction Lot #24 is “Bellissimo!”

Once upon a time, luxury and philanthropy collided, and Auction Napa Valley was born! Now in its 33rd year, and having already given more than $110 million for charity, Auction (as the locals like to call it) attracts affluent donation sponsors from around the globe, all in the name of…

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Show Us Your Sign

The Welcome to Napa Valley signs, first dedicated by the Napa Valley Vintners in 1950, are receiving some much-needed repairs to ensure they’ll be around to greet visitors for at least another 60 years. From now through June, while the signs are getting their facelift, we pay tribute to these…

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Introducing the #ANV13 Social Media Crew

It’s May in the Napa Valley, which means Auction Napa Valley is right around the corner! For those who don’t know, Auction Napa Valley, the must-attend charity event for savvy wine lovers from around the world, is a three-day food and wine extravaganza that raises funds for Napa County non-profit organizations.…

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Unemployment rates fall across North Coast

Unemployment rates across the North Coast continued to fall, with every county improving its jobless rate over both the last month and over the year, according to figures released by the Economic Development Department. Sonoma County’s unemployment rate in April was 6.5 percent, down from 7.3 percent in March and…

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Trade zone extension to North Bay gets final approval

NORTH BAY – The U.S. Department of Commerce gave final approval to an application submitted by the Port of San Francisco last October to expand its Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 3 service area to include portions of Sonoma and Napa Counties, in addition to Contra Costa, Marin and Solano…

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BioMarin loss widens as R&D costs increase

SAN RAFAEL — BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN) recently reported a net loss of $39.8 million, or 31 cents per share, for the first quarter ended March 31, compared to a net loss of $24 million in the same period last year. BioMarin, a developer of drugs to treat rare disorders,…

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2013 Best Places to Work nominations close May 10

The deadline for nominations for the North Bay Business Journal’s 2013 Best Places to Work is Friday, May 10.  Following the nomination period, companies that are nominated will be contacted with information on how to participate in the application and survey process, the results of which will determine the winning…

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