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When the Wine Barrels Tumbled
 
08.29.2014
 
County estimates Napa wine industry faces $48 million economic cost
 
Napa Barrel Care
 
Napa Barrel Care employees use a crane to remove barrels from a large pile and sort them into wine lots.

Napa, Calif.—The large barrel warehouse of Napa Barrel Care is still a complete mess, but the company’s employees are working hard at the tedious and laborious task of re-stacking barrels and then organizing them into the correct wine lots.

This morning, dozens of damaged barrels stood outside the warehouse’s three main rooms while employees used a mobile crane to gingerly remove the toppled barrels one by one from a large pile. The warehouse has been a chaotic scene since the 6.0 earthquake struck Aug. 24.

 
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Washington State Harvest Begins
 
08.28.2014
 
Grower beats earliest pick by two days in the Horse Heaven Hills
 
Washington state harvest
 
Mercer Wine Estates receives its first bins of Sauvignon Blanc on Aug. 26.

Prosser, Wash.—The solid accumulation of heat units means vintners are hitting the trail to vineyards the Horse Heaven Hills a few days earlier than usual this year to round up ripening grapes.

Crews picked clusters of Marquette at Paul Champoux’s vineyard last week, while Mercer Wine Estates logged what looks to be the earliest-ever harvest of Sauvignon Blanc from its vineyards Tuesday (Aug. 26).

 
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