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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

The drone was spotted around 11 a.m. and deputies are investigating where the drone is being operated

10/19/17

Please endure. Please hold your resolve. May it pass quickly, and may we gather again with good wine, if only to remind ourselves of the grace indeed available to us

10/19/17

We are heartbroken about how the Napa wildfires are affecting our beloved Calistoga and surrounding regions

10/19/17

Researchers at West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are exploring unique methods to protect crops from the pesky, six-legged invader known as the stink bug

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

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