Daily Wine News: West Coast Wildfires

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The orange sky in San Francisco yesterday, caused by a combination of smoke from various wildfires sitting above the marine fog layer. (Photo credit: Twitter user @cherrysree)

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray reports on the West Coast fires, which now encapsulate large swathes of Oregon and Washington. “The Oregon situation is the biggest crisis at the moment. The worst of the fires are in the Rogue Valley AVA in the southern part of the state… There are at least 20 wildfires spreading across Oregon and Washington, including a large one in the outskirts of Portland, and the smoke can be seen everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon governor Kate Brown declared a state fire emergency.”

NPR also reports extensively on the West Coast wildflires.

“By now, it’s clear that smoke and its possible effects on wine grapes will be the question of the California wine industry’s 2020 harvest. It’s a question that we can’t yet answer,” says Esther Mobley in the San Francisco Chronicle. “In the meantime, though, I think it’s important to get one message across: Smoke taint is a concern for winemakers and farmers. It should not, however, be a concern for wine drinkers.”

Lockdowns have seen consumers grapple with their relationship to alcohol. Many of them are choosing no-alcohol products instead. In Meininger’s, James Lawrence looks at the rise of alcohol-free sparkling wine.

Alder Yarrow explores the story of Bonny’s Vineyard, a special Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Napa that Silver Oak used to make single-vineyard bottlings from.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers his thoughts on wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

In Decanter, Jane Anson speaks to Indian entrepreneur Namratha Prashanth about her journey into Bordeaux wine and her new brand, Solicantus, from the Blaye area.

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