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Smoke Taint – How Wildfires are Compromising Vintages

In 2017, record-breaking fires swept through California. And while the majority of wine countries grapes had already been harvested, winemakers were still concerned that the 2017 vintages would be too damaged with smoke taint to hit the market. But the wine industry says that, for the most part, their product was unaffected. With the increased […] Read More »

Upcoming Ballot Measure has Lasting Effect on Napa’s Future

Due largely to its robust tourism industry, Napa Valley is quickly running out of room for new vineyards. With the valley floor already full of vineyards, developers have started looking upwards into the hillsides for fresh land with which to make wine. On June 5th, Napa residents have a chance to push back and limit […] Read More »

Stainless Steel to the Rescue in Wine Country, Earthquake Country

When wine country and earthquake country share a lot of common ground, stainless steel wine barrels are an important ally. In recent earthquakes both at home in Napa Valley and abroad, wine industries have been rattled by a sudden loss of product, facilities, time and vineyard land. Storage shelves have fallen, oak and cement barrels […] Read More »