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Joseph Phelps, owner of eight Napa county vineyards, died in April 2015. Phelps sold his Colorado-based construction firm to his employees to convert a 600-acre cattle ranch into one of Napa's premier wineries. Phelps developed the Insignia label for the best Cabernet-based blend of grapes in each year. In 2001, Phelps donated land to create the River Ranch Farmworker Housing Center.
Wine grapes, which require half as much water as apples, are replacing some apple orchards in the Yakima valley, pushing Washington's wine-grape acreage to 50,000 in 2015, about 10 percent of California's acreage. Warmer temperatures are pushing optimal zones for wine grapes further north, and drought in California may encourage more expansion in Washington.