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Tuesday, December 11th

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The monthly report is the latest iteration of the ongoing evolution of Wines & Vines magazine that was founded in 1919. As part of the transformative change for the company, Wine Communications Group (WCG) - the parent company of Wines & Vines - will no longer publish the monthly magazine after the December 2018 issue and will redirect resources toward publishing the monthly Wine Analytics Report, expected to launch Jan. 15, 2019. The changes come with no staff reductions or layoffs

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E. & J. Gallo Winery executive says consumers in ambitious survey want wine to be fun

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younger Americans aged 18 to 29, who turned markedly away from beer from 2011 to 2013, have become fonder of the beverage in the past five years, though not to the same extent as before 2011

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Eric and Cindi Olof, owners of Olof Cellars west of Kelseyville, decided to evacuate their ranch Monday after power was turned off. Their 16-acre vineyard was irrigated before power went out and should be fine for the next five days, said Cindi Olof. Smoke has been blowing from her area toward the lake. "The vines will be fine," Olof said.

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While many residents were allowed to return to their homes after some Carr Fire evacuations were lifted Monday, many other residents are still unsure if their homes survived

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Continuously updated fire map provided by mappingsupport.com. Drag or scroll to navigate.

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It was 113 degrees, and months of above-average temperatures had left the land bone-dry and ready to explode. Within a few hours, hundreds of structures were lost and six people killed.

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Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires that threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by FMAGs can include expenses for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilization activities attributed to fighting the fire.

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The new brand, Mercer Family Vineyards, is a partnership between two fourth-generation family wine companies

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The fire did most of its damage in the hours immediately following its reported start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Fire crews stopped its spread Friday night. No cause has been reported.

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What was once the Stornetta Dairy, and later a goat cheese-making farm, at the corner of Fremont Drive and Napa Road. The property burned to the ground during last October's fires and is currently proposed as a new winery

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The Planning Commission decided by a 3-2 vote on April 18 that the hilly, forested site at Dry Creek and Mount Veeder roads is simply the wrong place for a winery.

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An amendment to Massachusetts law that would allow discounts is being resisted by independent store owners

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Russell Moss has joined the viticulture and enology team at Cornell University as a lecturer in viticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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The wine specialist joins the organization to further strengthen presence in the wine trade sector

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Darryn Hakof has nearly 20 years' experience within the Pernod Ricard Group and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Accounting from the Flinders University of South Australia, and an MBA from the Adelaide University

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Silverado Vineyards has appointed Brianna Pastrana as the winery's Event Manager. Reporting to Bill Chambers, Director of DTC, she will be responsible for the winery's special event program, which ranges from large group tastings, private events to joint events with entities such as The Stags Leap District Winegrowers and Music in the Vineyards.

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Though the region may have a reputation for bulk wine, forward-thinking winemakers are embracing experimentation by working with Lodi grapes that will surprise you

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The Lake and Mendocino county fires almost doubled overnight and as of Monday morning had scorched almost 56,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. Containment remained at 5 percent for each fire. As of Sunday night, state fire officials had estimated the two fires were about 30,500 acres.

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This new endeavor from Katie Bundschu, who runs sales and marketing for her family's nearby Gundlach Bundschu Winery, is a fun addition to the downtown Sonoma square. It's become common for winery tasting rooms to include a gift shop, but Bundschu has turned Abbot's Passage Supply Co. into a full-on retail boutique, with jewelry, clothing and stylish trinkets scattered throughout the space. She holds "maker's workshops," too, with guided instruction in everything from oyster shucking to lip balm production.]

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Winemakers in Italy's Campania have always focused on their native varieties. But it's time for Fiano, the grape behind the region's aromatic white wines, to shine.

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Sales of Rhône Valley wines remained stable last year with export sales proving particularly robust while harvest yields in 2017 were down 18%.

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Alpha Omega, a family-owned winery on the Rutherford Bench of Napa Valley, hosted two lively Big Bottle Benefit BBQs to honor Napa Valley fire victims, first responders and the Napa Valley Community Foundation at its estate on July 27 and July 28, 2018. In January, the Alpha Omega Foundation donated $100,000 to wildfire relief, which it raised by selling $500-per-person seats to the two dinner parties after the North Bay Fires erupted in October and Alpha Omega Wine Club members and other supporters asked how they could help. The NVCF's Disaster Relief Fund received $95,000 of the funds and $5,000 went to the Rutherford Volunteer Fire Department

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There's a new act heading to the former home of Doc's Lab in North Beach.

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The long-running on-again, off-again war of words between Australia and Italy over the export of wines to Europe made from Italian indigenous grape varieties grown and produced in Australia, is back on

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There's a new wave of quality coming out of the Golden State, enthuses Ronan Sayburn MS, who has selected 30 of the best classic and under-the-radar Californian whites to enjoy this summer...

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Sentry Hill Winery, of New Plymouth on New Zealand's North Island, was placed into liquidation at the request of New Zealand Customs in April 2016 after it failed to pay a debt owed from unpaid excise duty totalling more than $280,000

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Wine lovers, particularly those in Washington state, are delighted to see a growing interest in this rare variety. Little more than 1,000 tons are harvested each fall in Washington, and much of that ends up in Bordeaux and Meritage-style blends. Fortunately, a few winemakers hold back enough to bottle separately, often resulting in spectacular wines.

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Outpost Wines in Napa has been sold to AXA Millésimes, giving the French company some 28.5 planted acres, winery, equipment, hospitality facilities and residences. The transaction was completed July 23. Santa Rosa-based Zepponi & Company represented Outpost in the sale. Terms were not disclosed

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With the market developing a growing taste for different blends including varietals that have a shorter hang cycle, the state's wine businesses are reducing their loss caused by those blends that require much lengthier dry times. "Paired with advances in winemaking technologies, mid-west wine producers are able to maximize efficiency and production costs helping them compete better inside and outside of their local markets," shares Texas-based award-winning wine collector, Marcus Hiles

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After four decades, the Napa Valley is finally catching up to this pioneer

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Möet Hennessy, a subsidiary of the global luxury company LVMH, is first out of the gate with Ao Yun, a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a hint of Cabernet Franc, that's produced in four villages in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains near the Mekong River in Yunnan, a four-and-a-half hour drive from the town of Shangri-La

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None of the alarm bells have stopped the state Division of Boating and Waterways from spraying Roundup directly into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the nexus of California's water system

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After Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the agriculture aid last week, the Chamber decided to determine how much it would cost to provide a similar level of aid to each industry affected by the budding trade war ...

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The U.S. Supreme Court said the government's request to block the Oct. 29 trial or to suspend discovery was "premature." The court added: "The breadth of respondents' claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion"

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Familia Torres has acquired a property covering 5,000 hectares in Chilean Patagonia with a view to mitigating the effects of climate change