Daily Wine News: Looming Cali Crisis

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NapaIn the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on California’s 2017 harvest and the looming labor crisis. “If the grapes themselves signal a return to relative normalcy, however, the human flurry surrounding them is anything but. Vineyard labor, an increasingly endangered resource, has reached a shortage this year that, according to vineyard owners, could be approaching a crisis.”

The 2016 Bordeaux en primeur campaign may not have been the unqualified success it could have been, but, thanks to the sensible pricing of some châteaux, it looks to have strengthened the region’s position in the growing fine-wine market, says Ella Lister, who looks at increase in Bordeaux prices in the World of Fine Wine.

Bradbury Kuett reacts to an article featuring Sacha Lichine of Château d’Esclans, producer of Whispering Angel, in which he talked about his anger at the shortcomings of his father Alexis Lichine, author of Wines of France.

In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettman talks to Bryan Harrington about his adventures in bringing rare grapes, little seen outside of Italy, to grow in California.

Dorothy Gaiter delves into the history of California zinfandel wines and tells the Peachy Canyon story in Grape Collective.

Andrew Jefford considers Britain’s Brexit hangover and scrutinizes the exchange-rate challenge for the UK’s wine industry in Decanter.

In Rolling Stone, Jon Blistein profiles Tool’s Maynard James Kennan, who owns Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, Arizona.

In the Seattle Times, Andy Perdue reports on the change of ownership at Klipsun Vineyards, which was purchased by Terlato Vineyards in the spring.

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