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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Wildfires From the Foothills To Wine Country / California State Fair / Cheese Conference

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Firefighters are gaining control over the fire that blazed along the border of El Dorado and Amador Counties, threatening the area’s many vineyards. In today’s News Network, we’ll get an update on the Sand Fire from editor Pascale Fusshoeller.

We’ll also hear about other fires happening in the area and why she’s calling it “high fire season in the High Sierra.”

Sand Fire Perimeter Map


Firefighters are gaining control over the fire that blazed along the border of El Dorado and Amador Counties, threatening the area’s many vineyards. The Sand Fire was 65 percent contained Monday afternoon and many wineries that had closed for the weekend had reopened. But the area’s winemakers aren’t rejoicing just yet. Many worry that the smell of smoke –or smoke taint, as it’s known- may have permeated the soon-to-be harvested grapes. Joining us to talk more about the Sand Fire and its impact on Amador and El Dorado’s wineries is Rob Campbell, owner of Story Winery; Terrie Prod’hon, owner of Mt. Aukum Winery; and Justin Boeger, winemaker at Boeger Winery

The deep fryers are cold and the Ferris wheel is in pieces. That can only mean the California State Fair has come and gone. But it’s not all bad news. The Executive Director for the California State Fair Rick Pickering says attendance at this year’s fair was the biggest ever. Pickering joins us with the latest statistics from this year’s fair. 

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The American Cheese Society's annual cheese conference will be hosted in Sacramento, the nation's capital of Farm-to-Fork from July 29 to Aug 1. This year's theme is "Celebrating the American Cheese Plate." The conference is geared towards cheese producers, distributors, retailers, and enthusiasts, offering seminars ranging from the technical side of cheese production to cheese tasting. Darell Corti of Corti Brothers and Narsai David, the food and wine editor of SF KCBF- FM radio station, will be the keynote speakers for this year's conference. There will be a competition in the days leading up to the show, the winners will be featured at the conference's culminating event, The Festival of Cheese. 




  • Yosemite National Park / Facebook

    News Network: Fire In The Foothills

  • Photo courtesy James Thorall via Twitter @jamesthorall

    Sand Fire's Impact In Wine Country

    Winery owners in El Dorado and Amador Counties talk about how this past weekend’s Sand Fire got too close for comfort.

  • California State Fair Ends On High Note

    How was attendance in this year's California State Fair

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    Cheese connoisseurs are in Sacramento this week.

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