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10/23/17

The sense of unity and support that swells after a crisis is one of the best ways to ward off PTSD and depression, but it often wanes when rebuilding starts

10/23/17

Napa County will soon find out what the rain gods have in way of an encore for one of the wettest years on record, with recent wildfires raising the stakes.

10/23/17

Several wineries across the region have reported an influx of visitors in recent weeks. They're seeing upwards of 20 to 30 percent more visitors to their tasting rooms than normal for this time of year. At Halter Ranch Vineyard, tasting room manager Tony Quealy said the tasting room has been serving around 115 to 120 visitors each day. That's compared with about 70 people on a normal weekday

10/23/17

Funds Earmarked for the Napa Valley Community Foundation

10/23/17

Last year's rain season produced well above-average rainfall along the Central Coast. Unlike the previous years of drought, where the hills struggled to turn green in the winter and numerous trees died due to lack of water and insect infestation. This year saw vast amounts of grasses and other seasonal vegetation that turned our hills to hues of brown and gold during the summer and fall

10/23/17

'Everyone has to start over'

10/23/17

Winemaker Randy Lewis, Jackson Family's Barbara Banke and Wine Spectator's Marvin R. Shanken and James Laube address the aftermath of the California wine-country wildfires ... 23 Jackson Family Wines employees lost their homes to the fires, and that the company has housed them all for now

10/23/17

While the worst of the wildfires is over for Wine Country, the region faces another daunting test: the cleanup of heaps of ash, twisted metal and blackened debris scattered across some 250 square miles of burned hills and valleys - an area five times the size of San Francisco

10/23/17

The existence of the special disaster fund, called UndocuFund, was welcome news

10/23/17

Uncertainty lingers as to the state of the wines in fermenters that winemakers were unable to tend to for several days

10/23/17

"I've seen how much it helps my staff, the owners and workers at the wineries and stores. They can talk to visitors about their experience in this tragedy. After the initial discomfort, it's a conversation that connects visitors and locals. And isn't that what travel is all about?"

10/23/17

Map shows where retardant dropped in Napa County - Over the past two weeks, planes and helicopters doused fires in the Wine Country with water and wildfire retardant, a pinkish, sticky material that slows fires down. Altogether, more than 2.6 million gallons of retardant were dropped from Oct. 8 through Oct. 19 on clusters of fires in Napa and Sonoma, according to Cal Fire

10/23/17

Lebanese Wine Day announces its upcoming winemaker tour in San Francisco and Los Angeles next month, bringing 30 different producers to California to showcase their wines to members of the wine trade. Conceived in one of the oldest sites in the world for wine production, wines from Lebanon have been sought-after for centuries by kings and commoners alike. And the country's rich heritage of indigenous grapes has attracted renewed attention, particularly in recent years

10/23/17

Among those losses will be restaurants, such as Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa, Calif., which was razed by the fire that swept through that community.

10/23/17

Steven Spurrier joins a robust faculty of writers, editors, and coaches as the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Symposium

10/23/17

Santa Rosa lost at least 2,907 homes in the fires, or 5 percent of its housing stock, plus 86 commercial properties representing 400,000 square feet of space. County officials put their tally at more than 3,800 occupied structures in the unincorporated area

10/23/17

Wineries dealing with high yields offer work and housing to California cellar staffers

10/23/17

The map includes a search feature that detals whether a building has been red tagged or yellow tagged as a result of the fires. Here's what red and yellow tag means ...

10/20/17

It's the local customer who has breathed the smoky air and seen the alarming messages about the fires on friends' and family's Facebook pages. The challenge for Wine Country businesses is to persuade the Bay Area base to not wait too long.

10/20/17

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund has made pre-qualified grants to nonprofits providing immediate relief and recovery services to those affected. These services may include: food; shelter; childcare; transportation; health and mental health; resource/referral and case management; legal/advocacy services; and, human and social services

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