Posted: February 12, 2014 By Tim Fish
The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn't thunder, but a sigh of collective relief.
Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, with some areas gaining as much as 12 to 15 inches. Central California wasn't as blessed, receiving no more than an inch or so.
The drought is far from over even in Northern California—rainfall levels are still below the previous record drought year of 1977—but you won't hear any complaints right now.
Posted: January 30, 2014
Posted: January 15, 2014 By Tim Fish
California is thirsty—and not for wine. It barely rained in 2013, and the wine industry is worried.
How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.
That makes 2013 the driest year on record in California, and the records go back to about 1880. Droughts are nothing new here, but this is a new level of parched. It doesn't help that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year as well.
Posted: December 31, 2013 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: December 20, 2013
Posted: October 16, 2013 By Mitch Frank
Posted: September 27, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
On Sept. 24, the prefecture of the Côte d'Or passed a bylaw allowing growers in Burgundy who were affected by the July 23 hailstorm to purchase grapes or must from the 2013 harvest to make up for the loss of their crop.
Posted: August 29, 2013
Posted: August 7, 2013 By Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: July 30, 2013 By Suzanne Mustacich
The singer has partnered with Sonoma's Chateau St. Jean. Plus: Celebs compete in a Korbel spray-off, a quake rocks New Zealand, Paul Hobbs goes to Virginia, Bill Koch goes to court (again) and there's a new nude label
Posted: July 25, 2013
Posted: July 25, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
Posted: July 18, 2013
Posted: June 27, 2013 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: May 23, 2013 By James Laube
The summer 2008 wildfires in Sonoma County have claimed another victim: Marcassin Pinot Noir.
The winery has decided not to release its 2008 vintage, it announced in its latest newsletter. "We are passing on the 2008 Pinot Noirs," wrote John Wetlaufer, who owns the Sonoma winery with his wife, winemaker Helen Turley.
Posted: May 6, 2013 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: April 30, 2013 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: January 31, 2013
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