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10/18/17

Permits still required to access vineyards in restricted areas; Sonoma County officials plan town hall meeting for the agricultural community, date to be determined

10/18/17

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 ...

10/18/17

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

10/18/17

UC Davis will act as the collection point for Dr Collins' California samples

10/18/17

As firefighters bring blazes under control and evacuation orders are lifted, Napa and Sonoma residents return home to see what remains

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

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 ...

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

Trinchero Family Estates has donated $250,000 to the Napa Valley Community Foundation for its fire relief fund, President and CEO Bob Torkelson said Tuesday.

10/18/17

The Company will match employee contributions to the campaign up to $100,000.

10/18/17

Kelley Payne started this list on FB, Download the list and patronize these businesses - list of Sonoma business owners who have lost their homes but whose businesses remain open

10/18/17

"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.

10/18/17

52,894 acres - 68% contained ...

10/18/17

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

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

Our US editor reports from wine country, where rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

10/18/17

A once-humble grape has graduated to winemaking royalty in Piedmont, Tom Hyland reports.

10/18/17

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...

10/18/17

As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles

10/18/17

Austria has named its tenth DAC wine growing region - Schilcherland DAC in the far south of the country - known for its production of rosé using the red grape Blauer Wildbacher.

10/18/17

As wildfires continue to burn throughout northern California, the forecast of rain later this week has offered hope of relief to those that have seen their wineries and homes destroyed.

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

Map of damage from the Sonoma County fires. Move the slider to compare before and after the fire

10/18/17

"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."

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

Countdown to rain - one more day

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

It didn't take long for lawyers to descend on Santa Rosa

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy

10/18/17

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.

10/18/17

In, non-fire related news, Silicon Valley's largest water agency rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

10/18/17

Responding to industry need, WG develops coverage tailored to H-2A Temporary Ag Labor Program

10/18/17

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