Tag Archives: wine country

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 »

Spain Rediscovers an Ancient, Potentially Climate-Change-Resistant Wine

Climate change is causing problems across the globe and across industries, including winemaking. As winemakers and vineyards struggle to cope with changing weather patterns, extreme climate events, forest fires, earthquakes and more, there is at least one positive development that can be attributed to climate change: the resurgence of ‘extinct’ ancient wines. In Vilafranca del […] Read More »

Alamo Fire Update: When Wine Country Meets Forest Fire Country

Weather and climate play a strong role in which winegrapes can effectively grow where. Wine loves a particular combination of water and soil type and, unfortunately, in the United States, so do forest fires. As the Alamo Fire, which began early last week, continues to spread in the San Luis Obispo area, wineries nearby keep […] 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 »