Daily Wine News: Vines, Fire & Water

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An irrigated vineyard. (Wikimedia)

An irrigated vineyard. (Wikimedia)

In SevenFifty Daily, Fred Swan examines the facts and falsehoods about how water in the vineyard (or lack thereof) can affect a wine’s quality.

Wines & Vines offers updates on the Thomas Fire, which has moved northwest to threaten urban wineries and tasting rooms near downtown Santa Barbara.

In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer considers four wine regions in need of more recognition.

“Robert Wilmers, an American banking executive and the owner of Bordeaux’s Château Haut-Bailly, died Dec. 16 at his home in New York City. He was 83,” reports Mitch Frank in Wine Spectator.

In the Cork Report, Lenn Thompson talks to Stephen “Zeke” Johnsen and Conor Quilty, associate winemakers for Unionville Vineyards in New Jersey.

In Wine Enthusiast, Christina Julian talks to NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick about racing cars and making wine.

Daniel Crown looks at how a thirst for Madeira helped fuel the American Revolution in Atlas Obscura.

In Palate Press, W. Blake Gray tests out Plonk wine club, which he calls “a club for wine club haters.”

In VinePair, Courtney Schiessl looks into the rise of bourbon barrel-aged wine. “Modern bourbon barrel-aged wine is less about keeping costs low and more about boosting flavor and richness in wines.”

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