Wine news October 16, 2017

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."