Media Coverage

Media coverage from around the globe about Sonoma County Winegrowers, as well as Sonoma County sustainability, grape growers and wines.

Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

Date of Coverage: November 20, 2017

When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their homes. The owner of an […]

November 20, 2017

California wineries won’t let wildfires stunt their growth

Date of Coverage: November 14, 2017

A month after deadly wildfires swept through California’s famed wine country, hot-air balloons are floating again over Napa Valley vineyards splashed with fall colors. On the heels of the disaster, a new winery is opening, keeping the name it chose some time ago: Ashes and Diamonds.

November 14, 2017

North Coast winemakers clear the air on ‘smoke taint’

Date of Coverage: November 14, 2017

A small percentage of the 2017 North Coast winegrape crop was still on the vines when wildfires raged in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Solano counties early last month. But laboratories in the region have been busy undertaking the tricky task of gauging how much, if any, of the smoke that filled the air for days […]

November 14, 2017

Northern California Wildfires Spared Vineyards But Left Some Workers Homeless

Date of Coverage: November 10, 2017

A 34-year-old vineyard worker left behind everything when he fled the flames that consumed his apartment in Santa Rosa, California, last month. With no warning of the approaching blaze, the man — who has picked grapes for 15 years and who asked that his full name not be used — only had time to grab his wallet before driving his wife, […]

November 10, 2017

How she’s supporting the scorched Wine Country

Date of Coverage: November 10, 2017

As fires burned near her Sonoma County home, Karissa Kruse waited for word on her parents’ safety. Kruse was evacuated from her neighborhood in the early hours of Oct. 9. Her mother, who lives at the family’s Sonoma Mountain vineyard, was evacuated shortly after. But Kruse’s father, who suffers from Alzheimers’s, lives in a memory care facility and […]

November 10, 2017