Tag Archives: us wine industry

From Steel Tariffs to Wine Tariffs, China Retaliates

China has recently retaliated against the rate increases the Trump administration levied on steel and aluminum in March. The retaliation: raised tariffs on U.S. wines and a range of other American products. At Skolnik, we’re always keeping an eye on the intersection of steel and wine, so allow us to break it down for you. […] Read More »

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 »

The Newest Weapon In the Battle With the Birds: Lasers

Before we get started, no, no one is shooting any animals with lasers. Instead, wineries are experimenting with a new, humane method of dispersing crop damaging birds that, if effective, will change the game of how best to deal with the pests. Since the beginning of agricultural history, farmers have fought to fend off all […] 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 »