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The Sonoma County Assessor's office will begin sending staff out into the field this week to inspect fire-damaged properties around Santa Rosa and unincorporated areas to make property tax bill adjustments

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To help its employees, the company has setup the Young's Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial support to employees who have lost their homes or suffered property damage in the fires. Young's has also launched the Campaign to Rebuild Napa and Sonoma in which the company will donate a percentage of sales of Napa- and Sonoma-based wines through December 31, 2017 at a minimum of $200,000.

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phenylethyl acetate ... the researchers used high-throughput genomic analysis to study genes in a hybrid strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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Here, we get to know the woman who wants to change the way we drink Champagne.

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In the aftermath, we leveraged open source and proprietary GIS information for both Sonoma and Napa counties to look at the damage of the fires on vineyards. We found that an estimated 1.6% of all vineyards were within fire boundaries for Sonoma county and 2% for Napa county. Based on total vineyard acreage for each county, this resulted in roughly 800 acres in Sonoma and 700 acres in Napa affected by the fires.

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Dundee Mobile Bottlers Uses State of the Art Equipment to Bottle Still and Sparkling Wine on Same Line

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While October wildfires in North Coast wine communities made international headlines, the state's vineyards and wineries were not significantly affected. Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the regions most impacted, grow 12% of California's winegrapes, and 90% of the harvest in Napa and Sonoma and 85% in Mendocino were already picked and in production at wineries before the fires.

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The winery, launched 20 years ago when the pair pooled tips from their jobs at a Santa Rosa restaurant, ultimately became a pinot noir powerhouse that has garnered worldwide acclaim.

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The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at speeding up hydropower projects. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, would define hydropower as renewable energy and streamline the way projects are licensed.

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CDFA Secretary Karen Ross urged growers at a conference to counter misconceptions about farming by forming partnerships with environmental groups and others and interacting with consumers on social media.

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The eastern wine industry can see a wide range of weather events over the course of the growing season. This fall, however, growers, winery owners, researchers and extension advisors told Wines & Vines the harvest was mostly "average to above average."

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A month after wildfires ripped through Santa Rosa, a city of more than 160,000, there are debates about the fate of working-class residents and undocumented immigrants, the shortage of available housing for displaced residents that has pushed rental rates into the stratosphere, and whether the firestorm will trigger an exodus of engineers, doctors and nurses, teachers, emergency responders and agricultural workers - and with it an economic downturn.

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Leader in Sustainable Winegrowing Shares Regenerative Practices, 2020 Sustainability Goals and Plans for a Net Positive Future

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Argentine President Mauricio Macri backed down from a proposed 10 percent tax on wine and increased tax on champagne following a private meeting with Mendoza Governor Alfredo Cornejo.

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Nicky Hahn is the inaugural recipient of this Wine Enthusiast award, which recognizes pioneers who paved the way for others in the wine business. Hahn played an essential role in establishing the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation in Monterey County and has dedicated four decades to building the stellar reputation for this unique winemaking area.

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St. Mayhem continues to re-define the wine cooler. Kat and Rob McDonald, the provocateurs behind St. Mayhem Wine Coolers, announce today a collaboration with boundary-pushing winemaker Andy Erickson called St. Mayhem Hückfest, which combines red wine with bold winter spices for a winter-in-a-can craft cooler. The limited release product will be available in 250ml two-pack cans retailing for $12 in markets nationwide beginning December 1.

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For the first time ever, an extensive collection of rare vintage Champagnes from Charles Heidsieck will be released directly from their oenothèque under the "La Collection Crayères" program.

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Wine lovers and fans of the worldwide hit television series "The Walking Dead" can now order "The Walking Dead" Wine Collection from Lot18 in partnership with AMC. Perfect for your weekly viewing parties or for any occasion, the limited-edition collection features three hand-crafted blends and uniquely designed labels to honor the essence of characters from the series which is currently in its 8th season.

11/10/17

To celebrate the Houston Astros World Series championship, Wine by Design, the exclusive wine licensee of Major League Baseball, is delivering a limited-edition World Series Championship Brut with Rack & Riddle. Rack & Riddle, one of the largest custom wine operations nationwide specializing in sparkling wine, has created the Houston Astros World Series sparkling wine.

11/10/17

There's an old saying in the wine industry: It takes a lot of beer to make good wine. Usually, this refers to the penchant for winemakers to enjoy a cold beer after a long day of tasting wine. In the case of veteran winemaker David "Merf" Merfeld, this saying rings true in more ways than one.

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Bay Area Wine Lovers Headed to Northern Sonoma County Wineries Can Get Ride Discounts, Use Ready-made Itineraries for Planning and Buy Wine to Support Fire Relief

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3x3 Insights, the source for industry intelligence into the independent beverage alcohol market, today announced its launch in the U.S. with the first data analytics platform focused on understanding customer behavior within independent liquor on-and off-premise channels. 3x3 Insights provides exclusive insights into all aspects of the beverage alcohol retail industry to enable better understanding of the preferences and processes behind purchases, product dynamics and customer engagement in the independent market.

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New provision guarantees grapes from four Right Bank appellations will be farmed using organic, biodynamic or other sustainable methods

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Wine professionals spent the past four days touring and learning about the Okanagan wine industry

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Province lags behind, says industry group calling for fair pricing for bulk buyers

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'I think next year we'll see a number of vines just collapse,' says Summerhill Pyramid winemaker

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B.C. bars and restaurants are sick of being charged retail prices for liquor and the provincial government appears poised to offer some relief.

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What ultimately emerges from this union remains to be seen - even to Constellation and Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp., a publicly traded medical marijuana grower and supplier with the apt stock symbol "WEED."

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"I don't feel wealthy," Mishoe said. "I don't have a bunch of money stashed away anywhere."

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Military vets choose viticulture and enology programs more than other fields

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Preparing to cover the Sixth-Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium at Surry Community College on Wednesday, I read the press release announcing the event, and thought, "Wow, they've managed to suck all the fun out of wine." I wouldn't have thought that possible.

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Leading Spirits and Wine Company Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation's LGBTQ Workplace Equality Scorecard

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Blockchain technology, in which real-world assets are symbolically represented by digital objects, harks back to medieval times when helmets, swords, and other items represented land and other valuables.

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For better or worse, tourism is the lifeblood of the Sonoma Valley economy, and has been since it was branded "Wine Country." But during the wildfires and immediately after, tourists and their discretionary dollars disappeared overnight.

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Sonoma Police are looking for three women who are suspected of walking out of Sonoma Market on Nov. 4, with more than $1,150 of high-priced wine.