Wine Industry News

October, 27, 2019 Two Sonoma County wineries damaged by Kincade fire in Alexander Valley

(PD) - At least two wineries burned in the Alexander Valley on Sunday as the Kincade fire poured out of the hills to the valley floor, where fire crews worked to save other wineries along Highway 128. Soda Rock Winery suffered major damage as flames enveloped the stone buildings on the property....

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October, 24, 2019 High-voltage power line broke near origin of massive California fire that forced thousands of evacuations

(WP) - A fast-moving wildfire, spurred by powerful winds, burned through Northern California on Thursday and forced thousands of people to evacuate parts of Sonoma County — the rural wine country 75 miles north of San Francisco that is still recovering from a deadly 2017 blaze. ...

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October, 24, 2019 Latest news: Kincade Fire grows to 16,000 acres in Sonoma County

(SFGate) - 7:12 p.m.: Cal Fire says the Kincade Fire has grown to 16,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained as of Thursday night. That after it ignited and grew to 10,000 acres in a matter of hours Wednesday night into Thursday. In a news conference Thursday evening, the agency repo...

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October, 23, 2019 U.S. tariffs on foreign wine could have local impacts

(3NewsNow) - It may just be one of 2019's most hated words - tariffs. And this time, it's affecting the wine industry. The United States has placed a 25% tariff on foreign wines and other goods. Owner and winemaker Jim Ballard of the local winery, James Arthur Vineyards, says these tariffs wil...

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October, 23, 2019 Wine consultant accused of cheating Wall Streeters hit by more claims

(NYPost) - Two high-end French wine estates are trying to claw back $115,000 from a New York businessman who’s been accused of running a “Ponzi-like” scheme that  defrauded Wall Street bigwigs  out of millions of dollars. Omar Khan, known for hosting exclusive wi...

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October, 21, 2019 Sonoma County wine industry seeks to sway county planners on land-use regulations

(PD) - Leaders of Sonoma County’s wine industry on Monday fired a new volley in the protracted, cyclical battle over the expansion of their industry, hosting political appointees and county staff for a “mobile educational workshop” in an effort to inject industry-friendly language...

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October, 21, 2019 ‘Zero pesticide residue’, an endorsement that aims to reassure wine consumers

(Vitisphere) - In the realms of wine marketing, the quest for the Holy Grail involves finding a simple tool for publicising sustainability commitments to consumers. From the vineyard to the trade, the quest currently seems to revolve around two certifications: organic winegrowing and High Environme...

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October, 15, 2019 Decision on Fate of Walt Ranch Could be Determined by San Francisco Appeals Court

(WB) - The fate of Walt Ranch may again be heard before a court of appeal in San Francisco. Napa County on October 15 filed a petition asking a state appellate court to re-consider its recent ruling that it failed to properly analyze the environmental impacts of a proposed vineyard developm...

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