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    Decanter provides updates on the wildfires. "Death toll reached 40 on Sunday 15 October, LA Times reported."

    SFGate provides updates on the fires. "The winds have eased, red flag warnings have ceased and rain is on the way to regions of the North Bay devastated by deadly wildfires, according to the National Weather Service."

    ABC tells a heart warming story about a dog who survived during the California fires. "Out of the shrubs and cemented rock steps 30 feet away came a healthy and happy Izzy. "Izzy here! Izzy," he said in the Facebook video. "Hey baby!"

    Jancis Robinson on the glass ceiling in the wine world. "The group of about 100 wine professionals invited to the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium in New York last week seemed to me extremely mutually supportive but more resigned than militant."

    The Wine Spectator talks to golfer and winemaker Cristie Kerr. "In partnership with Pride Mountain Vineyards in Napa, Kerr, 40, started her Curvaturewine label with the 2006 vintage and still makes Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay with co-owner Suzanne Pride and winemaker Sally Johnson. All of the proceeds from the Curvature wines go to breast cancer research."

    Bon Appetite on Sweet Berry Wine becoming a real wine. "He was a cable access reporter gone rogue, stained purple from teeth to toes, yelling the now infamous rally cry “SWEET BERRY WINE!!!” It ripped at snooty wine culture while illuminating a universal truth: Wine is delicious and fun to drink."

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford visits Fattoria La Vialla in Tuscany and finds a different way of doing things. "It may also be the most innovative and original wine estate I have ever visited."



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  • Napa, Sonoma Fire

    "Signorello’s first trial by fire came in 2005, he told me Thursday night, when his winery lost 15,000 cases of wine in an arson-set fire that destroyed 4.5 million bottles of wine at the Wine Central Warehouse in Vallejo, California." Dorothy J. Gaiter

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    The Wine Spectator provides an update on the Napa, Sonoma fires. "Calistoga and Geyserville are evacuated as flames spread and dangerous winds are forecast; now at least 26 dead and eight wineries destroyed."

    Decanter provides and update on the fires. "Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) confirmed that five wineries owned by members have suffered ‘total or very significant losses’, with at least 11 members reporting some damage to winery buildings and vineyards."

    The LA Times on how vineyards may have kept the fire from getting worse. "Even at Napa’s Signorello Estate, where a building housing the tasting room burned to the ground Sunday night, 40 acres of decades-old vines survived, owner Ray Signorello Jr. said Thursday."

    USA Today on the potential impact of the Napa, Sonoma fires on the wine and wine prices. "“These off-flavors, described as ‘smoky,’ ‘bacon,’ ‘campfire’ and ‘ashtray,’ are usually long lasting and linger on the palate even after the wine is swallowed or spit out,” according to a smoke taint primer from ETS Laboratories, which performs scientific analyses for the wine industry."

    In the New York Times, Eric Asimov on five common wine myths debunked. "I have met too many people who will only buy fine wines from vintages that critics deem great."


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    Dorothy J. Gaiter on the tragic devastation in wine country and recommendations on ways to help.

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  • Wine news

    The Mercury News lists the wineries harmed by the Napa, Sonoma fire.

    SFGate provides an update on the fire."Cal Fire reports that the Tubbs fire in Sonoma County has burned 27,363 acres and is 10% contained."

    Decanter meets rebel Bordeaux winemaker Dominique Léandre Chevalier. "‘Even if word play, clearly the use of the word Bordeaux on a Vin de France wine, that should be without specific geographic reference, is misleading,’ was the reply of Florian Reyne, director of the Bordeaux/Bordeaux Supérieur wine syndicate given to the local press."

    In Punch Zachary Sussman is impressed by the potential of Santorini. "Regardless what the future holds, when it comes to raw materials, few areas have been blessed like Santorini."

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    SF Gate updates on the Napa wild fire. "CalFire says the Atlas Fire has burned 26,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures and is now 3% contained."

    The Drinks Business provides an update. "With regard to the possible impact on this year’s harvest, NVV estimated that 90% of grapes were picked before the fires started on Sunday night, with wineries able to assemble crews and safely get to their vineyards are continuing to harvest grapes."

    The New York Times on the impact of the wild fires. "Tourism in the region — a multibillion-dollar economic machine that includes high-end hotels, wine-tasting tours and upscale cuisine — is suffering as the flames have claimed a number of establishments and forced many others to shutter for the rest of the week."

    Conde Nast Traveler on how France will produce lowest quantity of wine in 60 years. "According to the French Agriculture Ministry, wine production is predicted to decrease by 19 percent this year, which comes out to about 4.9 billion bottles."

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    Bloomberg on the evolving Australian wine scene. "Australia’s fine wine scene is one of the world’s most exciting, dynamic, and diverse, with 65 regions growing more than 100 different varietals for nearly 3,000 wineries."

    SFGate updates the Napa wild fires. "At least eight fires were burning across Northern California Tuesday with little to no containment, officials said."

    Decanter on the wild fires. "It had been reported that well-known wineries such as Signorello Estate have burned to the ground with others being threatened such as, Chimney Rock and Darioush on the Silverado Trail."

    The Drinks Business on terroir as a marketing tool. “Viticulture and how you handle the fruit effects the final taste so winemakers should drop the schtick about God making the wines. People don’t like to talk about it but house style overrides the concept of terroir."

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    The Miami Herald talks to 5 Florida wine entrepreneurs. "South Florida’s wine entrepreneurs have put their individual stamps on the centuries-old traditions."

    The New York Post on wine fraud Alex Kurniawan. "How had Kurniawan, an Indonesian national of Chinese ethnicity, managed to become a renowned wine guru and dealer while still looking young enough to be carded before he could raise a glass?"

    The New York Times on how natural wine is thriving in Denmark. "Natural wines, with their additive-free vinification and minimal sulfur use, seem tailor-made for a vibrant food scene that shuns pesticides and additives. There is now an entire community of sommeliers, importers and enthusiasts seeking small producers from a wide variety of regions."

    CNN on the raging Napa wildfire as California's Governor declares state of emergency. "Firefighters are facing difficulties battling three fast-moving wildfires north of Napa, California, totaling at least 44,000 acres as of early Monday, officials said." Also read Elaine Chukan Brown on JancisRobinson.com.

    In Decanter Andrew Jefford visits Pic St Loup in the Languedoc. "Many of the leading wines in Pic St Loup do indeed showcase Syrah in blends, and the Pic St Loup style of Syrah has a lift and purity to it which contrasts with the citrusy exoticism (teetering, sometimes, into corpulent torpidity) this variety can exhibit in warmer Languedoc locations like St Chinian or La Clape."

    Jancis Robinson on Bordeaux's less exalted properties. "Life is extremely tough in the lower reaches of Bordeaux's carefully stratified pecking order. Production costs for crus bourgeois are not that much lower than at the crus classés, but whereas a Bordeaux négociant will typically pay €40–45 a bottle for a middling classed growth (and far, far more for the most famous names), the price paid for most crus bourgeois is well under €10."

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    Only Alfredo Maestro could make a natural wine called The Martian and it make perfect sense. The former economist turned Spanish natural wine pioneer talks to Grape Collective about his unique wine journey.

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  • Winemaker Interviews

    "A small vineyard would "ground me" after living through the collapse of the Trade Center on 9/11. As a survivor, I was looking for a means to readjust. It has become a focal point for my future as well as a legacy for my grandchildren." Michael Smith OR Winery

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