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Wednesday, September 9th

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Fire in the Santiam Canyon east of Salem forced evacuations and wildfires elsewhere burned through at least two towns and sent thick smoke across the western part of the state. Near the Portland area, fires burned in Washington and Clackamas counties, including on Mount Hood. Thousands were under possible evacuation notices in Clackamas County Tuesday night.

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"Both Santiam and the Lionshead fires have together burned more than 200,000 acres so far and we're seeing over 30,000 acres burned by the Holiday Farm fire. Thousands of Oregonians have been evacuated from their homes and many more are at risk," Brown said.

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Smoke and ash from Oregon's 20,600-acre Lionshead Fire, burning near Mount Jefferson, and the Beachie Creek Fire, near Opal Creek, began making their way into the Willamette Valley Monday afternoon. In the meantime, a growing cluster of wildfires in Washington are bringing additional smoke to Central and Western Oregon.

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The east winds are forecast to begin easing up on Thursday. But with no moisture predicted for the next two weeks' weathere, there still could be more wildfires in the state.

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Multiple wildfires are burning in parts of Oregon and southwest Washington on Tuesday.

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Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures have energized wildfires across Oregon, forcing evacuations in several communities in Marion County, home to the state capital of Salem.

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The weather helped many wineries cope with the reduced number of tasting room visitors, as those who did arrive in person could be served outside and enjoy a leisurely visit. Very warm temperatures and a lack of rain also had an impact on the vineyards: the grapes are ripening earlier this year, but berry size is smaller due to the dry weather. Hans Walter-Peterson, viticulture specialist with the Finger Lakes Grape Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension, noted that harvest is still in its "early throes" and while the early hybrid grapes are ripe, tonnage is down.

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Leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the nation to participate in a national Day of Action on September 9 by contacting their members of Congress to urge passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, S.362/H.R. 1175 (CBMTRA)

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The overall wine market to shed volume in 2021 after 27 consecutive annual gains, according to a 252-page report. And after steadily increasing from 1994 to 2011, per-capita wine consumption is expected to be in decline until at least 2025. The U.S. wine industry recorded a solid 3% annual growth rate between 2000 and 2010, but averaged just a 0.7% increase between 2010 and 2020.

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How savvy off-premise operators have adapted their approach to inventory management mid-pandemic

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As of September 1st, LNJ Brands will be the exclusive distributor for the historic Spanish wine company's entire fine wine portfolio in the Empire State

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We remain firmly committed to our deep roots in the Willamette Valley, and we are excited to share that wine country experience with an even larger audience in the Portland metro area. Our new space opens up exciting opportunities for new programming and experiences for our guests and represents an exciting new chapter for Erath."

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Grimm's Bluff owners, Rick and Aurora Grimm, purchased just over 200 acres on Kentucky Road in the Santa Ynez Valley in 2010.

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In the analyses of all ten studies, total carbon retention also considers carbon stored in the final product and as well as the potential carbon sequestration at the forest stage. All studies were based on the ISO 14040/44 standards (ISO, 2006), together with guidelines from the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook - General guide for Life Cycle Assessment - Detailed guidance (EC-JRC, 2010).

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Pushing from Plumas County into Butte County, the North Complex is burning parallel to the Middle Fork of the Feather River at a rate of about 1,000 acres per half hour. It's tearing through steep terrain and rugged coniferous pine forest.

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The fire was reported along the west side of the highway Monday around 12:15 p.m. and grew quickly along both sides, forcing the evacuation of about 3,700 people by Tuesday, Cal Fire spokeswoman Tricia Austin said.

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"It's a verification of what we've been tasting, talking and thinking about," says Anthony Beckman, winemaker at Balletto Vineyards. "Soils are different; light, elevation, fog patterns are different-of course these wines are different."

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The new edition of Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where can be downloaded as an ebook, and this article includes a link to a database at the Wine Economics Research Centre of the University Adelaide.

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Virtual Lodi Masterclass held on September 28 and 30 will be led by Elaine Chukan Brown

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WineCountry Media has launched this new marketing campaign to help remote workers transition their home offices to Wine Country.

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Family-owned wine company partners with Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, and Charles Haley for Virtual "Wine Huddle" to Raise Money for All-Stars Helping Kids.

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The swing away from the overly alcoholic wines of the past may have gone a little too far.

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Personal Sommeliers provides At-Home Entertainers & Event Planners with an easy means to secure top Professional Bartenders & Sommeliers to enhance their private party or corporate event.

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Take-Off your Mask and Breathe In the Rich Bouquet of Grenache Wines

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Dan Petroski, winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards, said so far, only eight of the 35 samples he's sent out for Larkmead red wines have had results returned. But so far so good: Five were negative, and of the remaining three, the levels were very low. "I did micro-ferments and feel confident we are safe," he said.

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Northbound I-5 remains closed six miles north of Ashland due to the fires, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Exit 21 is closed to all northbound and southbound traffic, the ODOT says.

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Restaurants that follow capacity and social-distancing guidelines aren't the problem.

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In Addition to Merchandise, the World's Most Popular Wine1 Adds Four New SKUs to its Portfolio Play Video

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Readers of The Wall Street Journal like writing emails and posting comments nearly as much they do drinking wine-perhaps even more.

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Sting and Trudie Styler hire Italian enologist Riccardo Cotarella to oversee wine production

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One might be tempted to think that Pascal traded in the challenging rat race of corporate life for a pastoral easy life- but nothing about winemaking is easy

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we've chosen 100 outstanding Barolos from JamesSuckling.com tastings over the last three years. As well as plenty of 2015s and 2016s to choose from, our list includes some late releases from the classic 2010 vintage, as well as a handful of wines from intervening vintages.

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Michelin also said that it is extending a sympathetic hand to the stricken restaurants. "The inspection team is sensitive to the situation in each restaurant and is gradually returning to visits when it seems appropriate, based on the individual establishment and their circumstances," the statement read. "Our inspection team is fully committed to support and promote restaurants by being flexible, respectful and realistic as recovery takes shape."

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Twenty-two climats in Pouilly-Fuissé have just been given Premier Cru status. The wines of Pouilly and Fuissé have long been recognised as "first class." Until this week's decision, the Mâconnais was still the only region in Burgundy that did not have vineyard hierarchy.

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It's becoming clearer than ever that the conventional language used to describe wine isn't merely intimidating and opaque. It's also inextricable from racism and sexism, excluding dimensions of flavor that are unfamiliar to the white, Western cultures that dominate the world of fine wine and reinforcing retrograde notions of gender.