Daily Wine News: Harvest, Interrupted

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-27-2021

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on how the Caldor Fire is throwing harvest into chaos in up-and-coming El Dorado wine country. “By now, winemakers throughout California are used to contending with smoke taint, since the ambient ash can spread far away from a blaze’s epicenter. But for the El Dorado wine community, facing the possibility of actual destruction by fire was a far less familiar feeling. There have been wildfires here before, including the 2014 Sand Fire, but the region has not been battered as hard as Bay Area wine regions in recent years, and many winemakers here report that they’ve never had to evacuate in the past.”

Because fewer glass containers are being recycled, entrepreneurs re-examine an old idea—reusable glass bottles—to increase wine industry sustainability. Roger Morris looks for the genie in the bottle in Meininger’s.

In Wine Spectator, MaryAnn Worobiec talks to sommelier and Hue Society founder Tahiirah Habibi about making wine inclusive and building community.

In Vinous, Josh Raynolds explores the changing perspectives in Beaujolais.

Farm Progress highlights new technology, using robotics and artificial intelligence, which can gather as much info on a leaf as an optical microscope in order to help identify grape diseases.

In the Drop, Lana Bortolot goes searching for value in the white wines of Bordeaux.

Mike Veseth, the wine economist, considers the anatomy of the Prosecco DOC boom.

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