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'We Always Rise.' California Winemakers Are Determined to Rebuild After Fires

October, 13, 2017 'We Always Rise.' California Winemakers Are Determined to Rebuild After Fires

(Time) - Napa winemaker Clayton Kirchhoff drove down a winding road this week, past singed power lines swinging in the air and houses that had been reduced to little more than rubble beside a swimming pool. Farmers on one property counted their sheep to see how many were left, as big silver tankers...

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Wineries Look to Plan B

October, 13, 2017 Wineries Look to Plan B

(Wines&Vines) - Shawn Harmon got the first call for help around 10 a.m. Monday. A truck carrying harvested wine grapes from Lake County to a winery in Napa Valley was blocked from its destination by road closures related to the Atlas Fire. It wasn’t the last such call Harmon, general m...

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Glimmer of Hope as Fires Still Blaze

October, 13, 2017 Glimmer of Hope as Fires Still Blaze

(Wine-Searcher) - A week of unrelentingly grim news about devastating fires in northern California wine country got the slightest glimmer of light Thursday, mostly from Napa County. The best sign is that, while the city of  Calistoga  was added to the evacuation list on Wednesday ...

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Disastrous harvest means wine prices could be going up

October, 13, 2017 Disastrous harvest means wine prices could be going up

(CNN) - Here's some bad news: The world is facing a shortage of wine. Spain, Italy and France --which together produce over half the world's wine -- are bracing for their worst harvests in decades after extreme weather damaged grapes.  The pain in Europe, combined with lackluster pr...

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Did Vineyards Keep California Wine Country Fires From Getting Worse? Some Say Yes

October, 12, 2017 Did Vineyards Keep California Wine Country Fires From Getting Worse? Some Say Yes

(KTLA) - Christian Palmaz used hoes, shovels and rakes to keep flames from his family’s 19th century vineyard estate home on the flanks of Mt. St. George in eastern Napa County. But he didn’t have to worry about his vines. They’re green, very much alive, and a stark contrast to...

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Smoke and Grape – the Smoke Taint Repercussions

October, 12, 2017 Smoke and Grape – the Smoke Taint Repercussions

(Fruitionsciences) - The exposure of vineyards and grapes to smoke can result in wines with undesirable sensory characteristics, such as smoky, burnt, bacon, medicinal or ash, usually described as ‘smoke tainted’. The compounds in smoke primarily responsible for the taint are the fre...

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California fires produced as much pollution in 2 days as all the state’s cars do in a year

October, 12, 2017 California fires produced as much pollution in 2 days as all the state’s cars do in a year

(USAToday) - There’s enough  wildfire activity in California and Nevada  to blanket much of both states with a layer of smoke in the coming days. In California alone more than 140,000 acres are burning in large, wildland fires throughout the state. A fire in rough terrain ne...

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Wine Auction Sales Continue to Climb in 2017

October, 11, 2017 Wine Auction Sales Continue to Climb in 2017

(WS) - In the third quarter of 2017, global sales of fine and rare wine at auction (consisting of sales in the U.S., Hong Kong and London markets) totaled $53.7 million, up 8.7 percent from last year's $49.4 million sum in  2016's third quarter . U.S. sales totaled $30.3 million, up 9....

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