Gallo, Jackson to co-chair 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction

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North Coast’s vineyard acreage increases slightly

North Coast vineyard acreage increased in 2018 by 0.5% from the previous year, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The counties of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino had a total of 131,819 acres of vineyards last year, according to the department, with 5,063 of those acres not currently bearing fruit.

The largest annual increase was in Mendocino County with a 2.2% increase to a total of 17,512 acres. Lake County had a 1.8% increase with a record of 9,681 vineyard acres, according to the department.

Sonoma and Napa counties had minimal change. Both regions face curbs on most new vineyard development amid opposition from residents and environmental groups. Sonoma County had a 0.2% increase to 59,193 acres while Napa County had a 0.1% increase to 45,433 acres.

Gallo, Jackson to co-chair 2019 county wine auction

Christopher Jackson of Jackson Family Wines and Gina Gallo of E. & J. Gallo Winery will co-chair the 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction, the main nonprofit fundraising event by the county’s wine industry.

The event will be held Sept. 21 at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard. The Sonoma County Vintners trade group sponsors the auction, which has raised more than $30 million for local charities since its inception.

“Our family has always been proud to support and work with local nonprofit organizations,” Jackson said in a statement.

The second-generation proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, which owns Saralee’s Vineyard, is the son of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson.

“I am proud to continue the tradition especially during this critical time in our community — help is needed now more than ever.”

Gallo concurred. “I love that Sonoma County is a tightly-knit community. I’m humbled to stand with such talented local food and wine producers in our shared mission of giving back to Sonoma County,” she said in a statement.

Gallo is the granddaughter of Julio Gallo and serves as vice president of estate winemaking for E. & J. Gallo Winery.

Visit sonomacountywineauction.com for more information on the event.

Trefethen offers new premium tasting tour

Trefethen Family Vineyards in Napa is offering a new premium tasting experience at its Oak Knoll winery.

The new “legacy tastings” will be by appointment only and hosted by third-generation Trefethen family member Lorenzo Trefethen. Visitors will be able to sample Trefethen’s smallest production wines together with seasonal pairings from winery chef Chris Kennedy Aken. It also features a tour of its estate vineyards.

Two years ago, the winery reopened its refurbished old Eshcol Winery building, which had been severely damaged after the 2014 Napa earthquake.

The new tastings will be offered for groups of four people at $175 per visitor. For more information call the winery at 866-895-7696.

Compiled by Bill Swindell. Submit items to bill.swindell@pressdemocrat.com.

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