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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
October 17, 2017 | 1:42 PM

Below is a list of the wineries, associations, suppliers and other organizations who have made donations or started fundraising efforts for those affected by the Northern California Fires. If you have made a donation or created a relief fund, please email erin@winebusiness.com with the details.

Fundraisers

Patrick Cappiello, Pax Mahle and Sara Morgenstern have established the Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief (WSCWR) group. The goal is to rally wine professionals and wine lovers everywhere to support those affected by these terrible fires. WSCWR will be hosting three on the East and West Coasts late October in order to raise money for the relief efforts of the Napa Valley Community Foundation. They are accepting donations of wine from collectors, sommeliers, and/or distributors. This wine will be sold at each event at their respective retail prices, with 100 percent of the profits going to NVCF. For more information, visit www.wscwr.com.

  • Wednesday, October 25: Bergamont Alley in Healdsburg, CA (tickets: $50)
  • Thursday, October 26: Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco, CA (tickets: $100 general admission; $25 for members of the wine industry)
  • Friday, October 27: Corkbuzz in Union Square, NYC (tickets: $50)
     

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is asking the local winemaking community to fund a campaign which will provide aid to the winemaking communities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Working with Direct Relief, a medical relief organization headquartered in Goleta, 100 percent of funds raised will be distributed throughout the affected area through California’s Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the tri-county region. Contributions to the Vintners Foundation wildfire relief fund can be made at www.directrelief.org/sbvintners

A number of Paso Robles wineries have come together to try to raise funds for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Each participating winery will be donating $1 per bottle sold through the end of the month to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund, Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Resilience Fund, Community Foundation of Mendocino County. Participating wineries include: Adelaida Vineyards & Winery, Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery, Ancient Peaks Winery, August Ridge Vineyards, Bianchi Winery, Brochelle Vineyards- Eastside Tasting Lounge, Brochelle Vineyards – Westside, Caliza Winery, Castoro Cellars, Chateau Margene- Creston, Chateau Margene – Morro Bay, Cinquain Cellars, Cloak & Dagger Wines, Cypher Winery, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Derby Wine Estates, Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery, Epoch Estate Wines, Frolicking Frog Cellars, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars, HammerSky Vineyards, HEARST RANCH Winery- Cholame, HEARST RANCH Winery- San Simeon, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Law Estate Wines, Le Cuvier Winery, Lone Madrone, Niner Wine Estates, ONX Wines, Opolo Vineyards, Oso Libre Winery, PasoPort / Per Caso Cellars, Pear Valley Vineyard & Winery, Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & Winery, Penman Springs Vineyard, RIO SECO Vineyard & Winery, Robert Hall Winery, San Marcos Creek Vineyard, Seven Oxen Estate Wines, Still Waters Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Treana and Hope Family Wines, Villa Creek Cellars, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery, Vino Vargas, Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, Windward Vineyard.

The Glancy Wine Education Fund is creating special North Bay Fire Recovery Scholarships to benefit unemployed wine and hospitality professionals looking to improve their knowledge and skills while their community rebuilds. They will be accepting applications for 2018 certification programs through November 17th and are encouraging all professionals in need to apply here as soon as they are able. 

In an effort to aid in the relief for the ongoing fire devastation in California, Drew and Maura Bledsoe, proprietors of Doubleback Winery, are opening their cellar and donating 100% of profits on a special library offering of Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon to the Napa Valley Community Foundation and its Disaster Relief Fund. Those who are interested in ordering bottles of wine to support the cause can order through Doubleback’s website at www.doubleback.com or call the winery at 509-525-3334.

Craig and Kathryn Hall of HALL Wines and WALT Wines started a fundraiser for the North Bay Fire Relief fund, matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $100,000. The funds will go to nonprofit organizations providing emergency relief to victims in all regions affected by the wildfires. As of Oct. 17, the Halls’ fund had reached $99,500.

Donations

E. & J. Gallo Winery will contribute $1 million to fire recovery effort and will match employee donations two-for-one. Joseph E. Gallo, chief executive officer of the E. & J. Gallo Winery, announced that the money will be divided among the American Red Cross California Wildfires Relief Fund, the Community Foundation of Sonoma and the Napa Valley Community Foundation. In addition, Gallo will match employee donations two-for-one.

Treasury Wine Estates is making a contribution of $100,000 to support those affected by wildfires in the Napa and Sonoma Regions by donating $50,000 each to the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund.

G3 Enterprises is donating a total of $100,000 to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to assist in their efforts to respond to the Wine Country Fires. G3 will also be covering the cost of transporting numerous truckloads of donations to the affected areas. To support G3 employees’ individual efforts, G3 will provide a 200% match of all G3 employee cash donations to relief funds in the area.

Trinchero Family Estates donated $250,000 to the Napa Community Foundation to support fire relief efforts. Furthermore, the company is matching any employee donations 2-to-1 to its Family in Need Fund, and all of those dollars will specifically go towards helping TFE team members affected by the fires. Trinchero also housed and provided meals for first responders at the Sutter Home Victorian Inn.
 

by Erin Kirschenmann | October 17, 2017 | 12:18 PM

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau accepted as perfected a petition to create a new AVA in Polk County, Oregon: Mount Pisgah. The petition, written and submitted by Brad Ford of Illahe Vineyards, would establish Mount Pisgah as a new sub-AVA of the Willamette Valley.

Included in the petition are 10 vineyards and two wineries from the coast range foothills south and east of Dallas, Oregon: Amelie Robert, Ash Creek Vineyards, Croft Vineyards, Erratic Oaks, Fern Creek, Freedom Hill Vineyard, Mistletoe Vineyards and Open Claim, in addition to Illahe. In total, 530 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir and other varietals comprise what could become the second-smallest AVA in the state.

"We've always known that we were growing Pinot Noir in a special part of the Willamette Valley because our wines and grapes have received high praise. Once we realized that we were sharing success because of the unique spot, we got together to work on the petition. We hope that Federal recognition of our area will alert many more wine drinkers to the excellent grapes and wines coming from our little mountain in Polk County," said Ford.

In terms of soil, Ford wrote: “The area is unique in the Willamette Valley for its shallow sedimentary clay soils, its geological distinction, and its calm, sheltered climate.”

For more information from the TTB on this, and other pending AVAs, .

Illahe Vineyards was named one of Wine Business Monthly’s Hot Brands in 2016. To read the profile on Ford and the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, please click here.


Horses set out to bring in Illahe Vineyard's grapes during the 2016 harvest on Mount Pisgah.
Photo courtesy Illahe Vineyards

Monday, October 16, 2017
October 16, 2017 | 7:30 AM

 

Firefighters on Tuesday stood watch at Caldwell Vineyard in Coombsville east of Napa. The winery, which was evacuated, returned to full operation Saturday. Submitted photo.
 

Sunday, October 15, 2017
October 15, 2017 | 10:08 AM

The mood was more upbeat at today's 9:00 am media briefing in Napa, as there is no threat to buildings in Napa and resources can be moved toward Sonoma, with a move into recovery mode. Progress has been made Here's a link to a replay of the Sunday briefing via ktvu.com

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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October 14, 2017 | 9:55 AM
Friday, October 13, 2017
by Kerana Todorov | October 13, 2017 | 3:19 PM

As of 1 p.m. Friday, plumes of white and dark brown smoke and flames from the Nuns fire were visible from Oakville Grade Road west of Oakville (pictured, right). Law enforcement stopped non-emergency traffic near the Dry Creek-Loyola Volunteer Fire Department in the 5900 block of Dry Creek Road.

Cal Fire firefighters and air resources were trying to keep the fire from progressing further into the Napa Valley, according to Cal Fire. The Napa County Sheriff’s Department issued an evacuation advisory for the areas west of Highway 29, from Oakville Grade to Rutherford Road.

“That west side of the valley is going to be a priority for us today,” Barry Biermann, Cal Fire deputy incident, told reporters Friday morning.

The Nuns fire has burned about 44,400 acres in Sonoma and Napa County, according to Cal Fire.
“But particularly of concern on the Napa County side of the fire is the area of Dry Creek Road, Lokoya, Mt. Veeder, as well as areas up above Rutherford and St. Helena,” Biermann said.

“Those are areas that we do have fire coming on the Napa County side,” said Biermann, who is also Napa County’s fire chief.

The Tubbs fire, which has burned 34,770 acres and devastated neighborhoods in Santa Rosa and was 25 percent contained. However, Cal Fire was particularly concerned about the west side of the Tubbs fire near Robert Louis Stevenson State Park above Calistoga. The town of 5,100 people was evacuated Wednesday.

On another front, Cal Fire continued to try to stop the progress of the fire near Lake Berryessa, where the blaze threatens 300 homes at Berryessa Highlands.

As of Friday morning, the Atlas fire was 27 percent contained, Biermann said. “Great progress is being made here. Resources out there are doing an amazing job. They’re tired, they’re working hard, but we’re making great progress on this incident.”

In the meantime, dozens of wineries have closed their doors to the public. In Yountville, some restaurants remain closed, including the French Laundry and Hurley’s Restaurant.

 

 

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