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08/28/15

So you want to be a winemaker? Here's some advice.

08/25/15

More than 100 firefighters were battling a blaze that started just after noon Monday.

08/21/15

"We started last night by picking Pinot Gris in Talmage," said Bob Swain, winemaker for the Mendocino Wine Company, standing near crates of Muscat grapes harvested Wednesday.

08/21/15

Eric Flanagan, owner of Flanagan Vineyards, leads investment fund Russian River Partners in the acquisition of the highly acclaimed Platt Vineyard. Platt is located in the Sonoma Coast appellation and is widely regarded as one of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in California.

08/20/15

The Rocky and Jerusalem fires, followed by a few days of haze that draped the area when smoke from elsewhere drifted south, caused some momentary worry. With smoke taint a non issue and the threat of El Nino rains fading, winemakers are left to ponder the effects of an early harvest

08/18/15

The shift comes firefighters in Lake County stepped up their containment of the 8-day-old Jerusalem fire, with estimates they would have the blaze fully contained by Friday. The wildfire has burned 25,118 acres, destroyed nine homes and 18 outbuildings. Its cause remains under investigation

08/14/15

The new fire in Lake and Napa counties has expanded across 32 square miles. It was just 16 percent contained by Wednesday night.

08/14/15

The bulk of the Jerusalem Fire is circling around and burning into the 69,438-acre Rocky Fire to the north in Lake County, Swindle said. The Rocky Fire is 95 percent contained.

08/14/15

The survey, which was conducted for the university's School of Business and Economics, found that 88 percent of respondents said wineries have either a very positive (46 percent) or positive (42 percent) impact on the quality of life in their county

08/13/15

Erratic winds fanned a wildfire burning through rugged hills in Northern California on Wednesday, pushing the flames across two counties and chasing at least 150 people from their homes

08/11/15

Wine growers in Lake County have been keeping a close eye on the Rocky Fire, which is California's largest wildfire this season. Vintners and growers are hoping smoke hasn't tainted the crop

08/11/15

The fire exploded to 3,000 acres and could merge with the Rocky Fire, the state's largest wildfire which has burned nearly 109 square miles.

08/10/15

Just when they got a handle on the massive Rocky Fire, weary fire crews in Lake County girded for a fresh battle Monday, tackling the new and growing Jerusalem Fire just miles away

08/05/15

As of Tuesday afternoon, evacuees from the Rocky fire in Lake County have another shelter available, this one is at Upper Lake Middle School.

08/05/15

"It has gone in every direction with intensity," including downhill, said Scott Upton, a unit chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and an expert on fire behavior. "It's like an amoeba."

08/04/15

Cal Fire detours traffic from Highway 20, access point for small producers

08/04/15

fAs the Rocky fire rages, vintner Ryan Zepaltas is tracking its every move; he wants to make sure the Lake County vineyard he sources fruit from is not in its path.

07/31/15

Firefighters battling a fast-moving wildfire that destroyed at least three homes in eastern Lake County struggled to gain an advantage over the fire Thursday afternoon in scorching, triple-digit temperatures as the blaze expanded to burn over about 13 square miles of rugged and remote pasture and timberland.

07/31/15

The fire was 5 percent contained as of Thursday night and had scorched 13,500 acres

07/30/15

A brush fire that broke out in Lake County on Wednesday afternoon has scorched 3,000 acres in a few hours, prompting the evacuations of several hundred people

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