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10/19/17

The wine industry faced unprecedented challenges in 2017, ranging from the drought to the heavy downpour of rain and recently, raging wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, Napa and Sonoma

10/19/17

Plans to pursue and coordinate research efforts to find solutions to prevent and manage grapevine viruses more aggressively, Nursery vine materials remain a concern, board okays new Red Blotch research

10/19/17

(with this morning's containment numbers) work remains as firefighters stamp out hotspots. Ongoing dangers include snapping trees, downed wires and rolling logs

10/19/17

but the loss of homes and displacement of people in general could have more of an impact on the industry than any damage specific to wineries or vineyards

10/19/17

47 NVV members report some degree of direct property damage; It is too soon to determine the economic impact of this disaster but, inventories from previous vintages were generally unharmed; the volume of the 2017 vintage will be lower than average; early, anecdotal estimates project shortages comparable to other years affected by common irregularities of farming, like drought, frost damage, etc; Some vineyards may need replanting but the actual number is not known and may not be understood until future growing seasons.

10/19/17

Tasting rooms in hard-hit Wine Country will be allowed to relocate under the order

10/19/17

Cities such as Santa Rosa, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, have offered more affordable housing for people willing to endure a longer commute. But that may not be the case anymore

10/19/17

In California, the devastation from multiple wildfires still cannot be quantified, but it is already beyond imagination. Thousands of homes will have to be rebuilt from the charred ground up. That will take every available worker in the state and beyond

10/19/17

The California Farm Bureau Federation released its first labor survey in five years which shows a continuing shortage of workers for farmers with labor-intensive crops like tree fruit and wine grapes.

10/19/17

Beginning on January 1, 2018, the two-hour harassment training must include components on harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The training must include specific examples of such harassment. This portion of the training must be presented by trainers with knowledge and expertise in these areas.

10/19/17

Communities must deal with potentially water-fouling ash and erosion in coming months. The city of Napa, Calistoga, Yountville and the Veterans Home of California at Yountville all saw fires burn up to the shores of their reservoirs.

10/19/17

The lecture will include an historical review on how the vines arrived and were established in different regions since 1550, plus an analysis of old vine Rescue Projects throughout Chile, where Maximiliano Morales has participated, followed by a tasting for students, faculty and participants of a selection of wines from old vines and extreme wine regions

10/19/17

Bob Ecker recently conducted an extensive blind tasting of 60 merlot wines from local producers as well as a few from Oregon, Washington, Chile and Italy. I was trying to ascertain how merlots have progressed since the pre- and post-Sideways days. Napa Valley wines were heavily represented in the sampling. Most of the wines were from 2013 and 2014 with a few newer and a few older vintages. Prices ranged from $12-$90 with the average about $50. Happily, the overall quality of the merlots was quite good.

10/19/17

Grapevine trunk diseases and declining genetic diversity are two major concerns for the global wine industry. Loire technical outreach centre Sicavac in Sancerre has been striving to combat both in a joint research programme focusing on Sauvignon blanc. Sharon Nagel takes a closer look at the project.

10/19/17

Ken Moholt-Siebert and his wife own the Ancient Oak Cellars winery in Santa Rosa. They not only lost the home his grandfather built, but part of their vineyard

10/19/17

- Monticello Road between Vichy Avenue and Wooden Valley Road will be lifted for residents only. Check points will remain in place along Monticello Road to allow access to residents only

10/19/17

With firefighters gaining control of fires throughout Sonoma County, the Grape Growers Foundation (SCGGF) announced today it is partnering with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to establish a housing recovery fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes by last week's devastating fires.

10/19/17

"To help alleviate the impact of this these terrible events, we will offer customers in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino Counties a 15% discount on all products and services offered by Enartis through the end of October."

10/19/17

Experience the remarkable 2014 vintage through the Stags Leap District Appellation Collection, the only wine offering comprised entirely from a single sub-appellation and single vintage

10/19/17

Vinexpo New York today announced that it has expanded the footprint of its March 5-6, 2018 exhibition, nearly doubling the original floorplan in order to accommodate demand. The event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

10/19/17

10% of Pass Sales Revenue to be Donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund

10/19/17

Fiction @ J. Bookwalter is the only Washington state winery restaurant selected; this is the third time in past two years that national media has recognized the restaurant for excellence

10/19/17

Wine Country Strong, a not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa CA, has partnered with Vintage 99 Label along with Avery Dennison and Wilson Mfg to raise $100,000 by the end of the year through the sale of "Wine Country Strong" window decals. The decals are $6 each with 100% of the proceeds going directly to relief efforts in the Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Lake County, and Mendocino Counties.

10/19/17

Metrohm announces the release of significant enhancements to its Ti-Touch Titrator family of potentiometric and Karl Fischer titrators and a new low-cost autosampler. These releases will bring enhanced productivity to laboratories performing standard, routine titrations in support of product quality or manufacturing.

10/19/17

Pierce is a seasoned winemaker who has contributed to making high quality wines in Oregon, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa and California. He possesses a broad and diverse skillset, ranging from food and beverage experience at the Ritz Carlton to a background in Nuclear Engineering from his service in the US Navy.

10/19/17

Mark will advise alcohol industry clients on a wide range of legal matters, including business formation, licensing, contracts, trademarks, and general alcohol regulatory advice.

10/19/17

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 has been in the market since 2006 and is recognized today as one of the wines responsible for Prosecco's meteoric rise, typifying the wine's young, fresh style and youthful energy

10/19/17

NRCS maintains a climate change portal as a home base for understanding and for planning for reducing the impacts of agricultural practices on the climate combined with building in climate resiliency to minimize the impacts of climate change in the U.S. and around the world.

10/19/17

Victims of wildfires ravaging parts of California now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced

10/19/17

Onsite insurance company representatives who say a significant number of clients have not yet come forward to submit a claim, or don't think it is necessary to report their losses from this catastrophic event right away

10/19/17

Sudden oak death has had ecological as well as economic consequences for the timber and plant nursery industries.

10/19/17

In central Oregon's high desert climate, farmers have to take extra measures to reap a harvest.

10/19/17

The San Francisco-based utility said it would not speculate on causes of the fires and that it was cooperating with investigators.

10/19/17

At least 31 marijuana farms were destroyed and many more damaged, according to the pot industry's California Growers Association.

10/19/17

The news is a particular bright spot given that, during the fires' initial onslaught, the Vintners Inn, home of John Ash & Co., was in the direct path of the Tubbs fire, so some erroneously believed it was burning.

10/19/17

The Santa Maria Valley is by no means an undiscovered region. It's the second-oldest designated American Viticultural Area in the state, after Napa Valley, and earned acclaim for the wines of pioneers such as Jim Clendenan of Au Bon Climat. The region has drawn investment from big names, including Robert Mondavi, which owned Byron winery for over a decade, and Kendall-Jackson owner Jackson Family Wines, which now owns Byron as well as neighboring Cambria winery.

10/19/17

"We know that the Napa community is resilient and that we will support each other as we move forward together"

10/19/17

Owners of Bordeaux's Canon and Rauzan-Ségla add a St.-Emilion gem to their portfolio

10/19/17

Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Treasury Wines, told the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday night that the company would seek to widen the gap between Treasury and its competitors in China.

10/19/17

"The fires affected our new Albariño and Treixadura vines and but our small plots of red varieties and century old vines. It is difficult to express the magnitude of the damage because our philosophy is based on this land - these are the vineyards of our ancestors," she added.

10/19/17

Founder Jim Bernau posted an invitation on Facebook this past weekend offering work, housing and food for three weeks for some of those displaced by the fires that raged through California's wine country

10/19/17

Painted on an old truck parked near Gundlach Bundschu's entrance is a quote from Charles Bukowski originally intended as a commemoration of the winery's past, "What matters most is how well you walk through the fire"