Napa County agricultural commissioner Greg Clark told Wines & Vines his office had granted 150 permits from 350 requests, granting access to areas closed by the fire to pick grapes. The Sonoma County Agricultural Division is also handling requests to access vineyards affected by the fires through a permit process. Based on the number of requests to pick grapes and the amount of harvesting he's seen in open areas, Napa commissioner Clark thinks there's still quite a bit of fruit left on the vines ...
Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance. Individuals who were impacted by the fires should apply for FEMA assistance ...
Gordon Burns, president and technical director at ETS Laboratories said Tuesday the company has been running around the clock and at five times its normal capacity to upend the backlog of tests that stemmed from the laboratory not being operational for three days when the fires began
The harvest continued along the Napa Valley floor Monday as wineries shuttered since the fires began try to re-open to the public. As the harvest continues, news reports featured vineyard workers working in smoky conditions.
The fund has benefitted from initial investments from local grape growers and supporters including $25,000 from the John Jordan Foundation and Jordan Vineyard & Winery and $25,000 from American Ag Credit.
"There are millions of dollars of fruit still hanging on the vine," said Hugh Reimers, chief administrative officer of Santa Rosa-based Foley Family Wines, which had picked almost all of its grapes before the blazes erupted.
Soot and ash are still settling over Sonoma County's housing market, but real estate brokers and lenders contend the fiery destruction of a few thousand properties here will make it harder for both buyers and renters to find new homes
While there's no question that the recent wildfires in northern California's wine regions have filled the air with smoke, that does not mean the 2017 vintage is doomed. Or even particularly damaged. Far from it.
As firefighters worked to gain ground on wildfires ravaging several Northern California counties, farmers and ranchers began, as one put it, "to take inventory and figure out what we can do." In many cases, that meant assessing the impact on North Coast vineyards and trying to harvest the grapes left on the vines when the fires hit.
The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year. The figure was higher among farmers who need to hire employees on a seasonal basis-69 percent of those farmers reported experiencing shortages. The results are similar to those from a survey CFBF conducted in 2012.
According to the declaration sent on behalf of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, there was enough evidence after reviewing damage assessment reports to designate 19 counties as a primary disaster area plus another 25 counties as contiguous disaster areas.
Wine grape harvest is probably 80 to 90 percent done in Washington but vineyards still picking are busy trying to beat forecasts of rain and colder temperatures. Washington's harvest appears relatively normal compared with Idaho seeing freeze...
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.
"As recovery begins, we at Sovos again extend our deepest sympathies for those who have suffered. But we also want to offer support as best we can. We've compiled a quick guide on how those recovering can seek relief from regulatory agencies."
Orders were lifted for Oakmont south of Highway 12 east of Calistoga Road to Pythian Road. That includes Mountain Hawk, but not Skyhawk or Rincon Valley east of Calistoga Road. Northbound roads off Highway 12 remain closed.
Wayne and Jennifer Harvell allege in the suit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court that PG&E failed to maintain and repair high- voltage power lines, which they say came into contact with drought-dry vegetation, starting the Tubbs fire and several others still burning in Wine Country.
One of the problems in dealing with smoke taint is that it can come in various chemical forms, according to Santa Rosa winemaker and wine chemistry instructor Clark Smith. Some forms of smoke taint are radically different from others, he said, so one single treatment may not work for all the smoked wines.
the primary conclusion is that no one knows with reasonable certainty whether or not the present wine grape insurance system is effective. Without firm data on the numbers and proportions of growers who fail, at best we can only presume that the system is effective.