Daily Wine News: After the Fires

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Flickr: Ren Kuo

Flickr: Ren Kuo

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley looks at how families in the fire-ravaged Alexander Valley fought to save homes and wineries. “The Alexander Valley wine community is unusually close-knit. People who stayed behind helped to defend their absent neighbors’ homes. Friends fed each other’s animals. Communication was constant. And although some faced devastating loss — including the destruction of Soda Rock Winery and of Julia Jackson’s home — the majority of the valley’s wineries, for now, have survived.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone reports on how Sonoma is remaining strong after the Kincade Fire. “Vineyards remain excellent buffers against fire, but it’s also impressive how winemakers know what to do in the cellar with wine that is already fermenting, given the Tubbs fire of 2017 and the Camp fire of 2018.”

“The fire’s impact — which is considerable — was mostly felt by wine industry workers who were unemployed while their job sites and homes were under evacuation orders. And by small, family wineries that sell most of their wares from tasting rooms, which have been closed during this, the end of the high season. And possibly by the 2019 vintage itself.” The Los Angeles Times looks at the devastation and fear left by the fire in Sonoma County.

Katherine Cole reports on how labor challenges affected the 2019 grape harvest in SevenFifty Daily.

Should we lament that the taste of wines have changed? Britt and Per Karlsson consider the answer.

Sarah E. Daniels recommends skin-contant wine for Thanksgiving in Wine Enthusiast.

In the New York Times, Florence Fabricant highlights Orange Glou, an orange wine subscription box.

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