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Steve Blais joins ERMITAGE-BERTHOMIEU, LA GRANGE & OENOSYLVA as North American Sales Manager.


A winegrape-growing region wracked by wildfires wants to learn more about the impact smoke has on grapes, while growers look to crop insurance and disaster relief to offset some of their losses. After the Mendocino Complex fire burned more than 459,000 acres of land in Lake and Mendocino counties last year, Lake County growers suffered an estimated $37.1 million in losses from smoke damage, according to a survey by the Lake County Winegrape Commission.


"Most estates compare their 2016s to their 2013s (and feel it's the greatest vintage they've made), but the wines appear to me to be either a beefed-up version of the 2014s or a slightly more elegant, forward version of the 2013s; take your pick. 2016 is unquestionably in the same league as 2012 and 2013, and it is one of the all-time great vintages for the region"


With the current buzz around "volcanic wines," the possibility that Mount Konocti or any surrounding cinder cones could erupt after 11,000 years may just be a boon for the image of Lake County wines.


Smith Story Wine Cellars, founded by Alison Smith-Story and Eric Story, was one of the first new wineries to be crowdfunded in 2014. Through Kickstarter, they were able to raise more than $26,000 in just 30 days and begin purchasing grapes, equipment and collateral to start their own wine brand


"We understand that TTB will be very busy going through applications for approval once they get back to work, so we are prepared to be a little behind on a release or two. We are happy the government will be open again"


As the wine-in-a-can category grows in popularity, so too does its quality ...


Supreme Court justices indicated earlier this month that they thought Tennessee's tough residency requirements for those who want to run liquor stores have more to do with protecting in-state economic interests than guarding against the evils of alcohol


The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 16 passed legislation that would allow North Coast grape growers to tap emergency funding to compensate them for losses incurred because of smoke taint in 2018. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, offered an amendment to the overall legislation that would allow growers in Lake and Mendocino counties to be eligible for federal funding. Growers in those areas had their grapes rejected by wineries during last year's harvest because of smoke damage to their crop from the Mendocino Complex fires in the summer.


Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, offered an amendment to the overall legislation that would allow growers in Lake and Mendocino counties to be eligible for federal funding. Growers in those areas had their grapes rejected by wineries during last year's harvest (ALLEGEDLY) because of smoke damage to their crop from the Mendocino Complex fires in the summer


Truett-Hurst, Inc. announced the appointment of Ross Reedy as Director of Winemaking for the Company, effective January 11, 2019, in which capacity he will now be responsible for all winemaking of the Truett Hurst and VML brands located Healdsburg CA and production at Sugarloaf Crush facility located in Santa Rosa, CA. Note: Virginia Lambrix is working on a new project with her husband, Kevin Shaw


On Thursday, January 31st, Madrigal Family Winery's Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery will open "Through the Lens" the latest exhibit in its Bay Area Art and Wine series. The exhibition features the work of Rose Hodges and Mary Serphos and local photographers, Jeff Greendorfer, Patricia Gatti and Davide Antonio, curated by Shiva Pakdel. The opening reception will be held from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in Sausalito. The exhibit is on view from January 24 - February 27. The Tasting Salon is open from 12-7pm Thursday through Monday.


Usual is a new brand in wine which removes the compromise associated with smaller formats. Delivering small-lot, premium wines in a new patented single-serving sized bottle, Usual offers a proprietary red blend from Sonoma County and a rosé from Santa Barbara, available in 6, 12 or 24-pack quantities. ($48, $96, $192)


Crews are working to restore power to thousands of people after a winter storm swept through Northern California. The storm also prompted the temporary closure of a major interstate highway after motorists were trapped in the Sierra Nevada by whiteout conditions.


Today at the Napa Valley winery, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (ACVV), announce the addition of key team members, both in Direct-to-Consumer sales and in Wholesale sales for the brands Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and Ghost Horse Vineyards.


A seminar for Lake and Mendocino County winegrape growers will be held on January 8, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Lodge at Blue Lakes in Upper Lake, California. The purpose of the seminar is to provide information to winegrape growers that are interested in learning how crop insurance can lower farming risk.


Santa Rosa Junior College is offering a new class as part of the Wine Studies Department for Spring 2019. Wine 123: Causation and Detection of Wine Faults is a six-week introductory wine sensory course designed to teach basic analytical wine tasting techniques and expose students to the causes and effects that result in flaws and faults in wine.


Wine industry pioneer John McClelland passed away peacefully on December 5, 2018 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife Ann, son John and daughter Kristen. His 60-year career includes stints as the President and General Manager of Almaden, Geyser Peak and Alderbrook. He served as Chairman of the California Wine Institute and has held leadership positions at the Wine Growers Association and the Wine Educators Associates.


When he was coming up in the wine business as a restaurant buyer in the 1990s, Calistoga winemaker-turned-grower Sam Spencer fell in love with Spain. Not the country, per se, but the vinos tintos - its red wines. Guided by savvy importers, the industry veteran became so enamored of Spain's most famous wine regions, Rioja and Ribera del Duero, that, just a few years later, he planted his family's Lake County property with the vine that ties these denominacións to each other and is the Spanish calling card to the rest of the wine world: Tempranillo. Two decades ago, Spencer wasn't the only North Coast vintner to focus on this noble, age-worthy variety.


The Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) is collaborating with the California Association of Winegrape Growers in CAWG's effort to seek support from Congress by expanding the scope of an existing disaster assistance bill; additional collaborators include Lake County Farm Bureau, Mendocino Winegrowers Inc., and Mendocino County Farm Bureau. The request by CAWG and industry collaborators identifies the need for $5.25 million in funding to support intensive research to prevent and limit the effect of smoke on winegrapes during a wildfire. The research funding would support development of protective materials that can be applied in the vineyards and more accurate testing protocols for smoke compounds.

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