Daily Wine News: Preparing for Wildfire Season

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-27-2021

In VinePair, Tina Caputo looks at how California wineries are preparing for the 2021 wildfire season. “While it’s anyone’s guess if the state will ever again experience the unprecedented confluence of record-setting temperatures, high winds, and freak lightning strikes that led to 2020’s devastation, a dry winter and parched landscapes spurred by climate change have created the potential for another brutal wildfire season in 2021. Forty-one California counties, including Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino, are already under drought emergencies as of May 11.”

In PUNCH, Emily Wilson checks in on the frosé trend. “As we make up for lost time this summer, frosé won’t be as widely available as it was five years ago, but it’s likely that people will spring for it in the places it’s still served.”

In Eater, Patty Diez looks at the local gas stations that double as boutique bottle shops, stocked with natural wines and craft beer.

The price of a tasting has almost doubled in Napa and Sonoma in the past five years. W. Blake Gray looks into why in Wine-Searcher.

“Much has been written about the burgeoning trend towards “better for you” beverages in the wine space. It’s definitely a thing.  But, is it a sustainable thing?” Laura Ness explores the “better for you” beverage space in Wine Industry Advisor.

“Following a vehicle crash on May 12 on a back road near the town Sebastopol, Calif., in Sonoma County wine country, a winemaker is dead and a young vineyard manager is facing DUI and possible manslaughter charges,” reports Wine Spectator. “Mark Osborne, 53, an enologist at Gary Farrell Winery in the Russian River Valley, was riding his bicycle when a pickup truck driven by Ulises Valdez Jr. of Valdez & Sons Vineyard Management struck him.”

Is hyperspecific wine stemware worth it? Kelly A. Magyarics takes a look in Wine Enthusiast.

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