Daily Wine News: Harvest Struggles

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In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther explores how Bay Area winemakers are feeling the effects of climate change more acutely than ever this harvest season. “The drought has left grapevines parched. Fruit yields are dramatically low. Vines look visibly stressed. In some vineyards, all of the grapes seem to be ripening all at once, presenting winemakers with a logistical impossibility. And the threat of wildfire — which, by this time last year, had ruined grapes up and down the state with pernicious smoke — remains on everyone’s mind.”

Aspiring to be a “nationwide brand,” Aperture Cellars has acquired the 75-acre Farrow Ranch in Alexander Valley, Mobley also reports.

In VinePair, Katie Brown reconsiders Robert Park’s legacy. “Since Parker’s heyday, the way we communicate about, share, and even buy wine has shifted with the times, as social media and heightened globalization increasingly influence the next generation of consumers. Despite this, countless wine shops and even restaurants continue to print Wine Advocate scores on their signs and menus, respectively…”

How do you make a wine for the ages? Sean P. Sullivan investigates in Wine Enthusiast. “Many winemakers strive to create wines that stand the test of time. It’s a difficult endeavor that requires certain conditions in the vineyard and winery, some of which are beyond winemakers’ immediate control.”

Lettie Teague watched a lot of television to report on the best and worst of wine on TV in the Wall Street Journal. (subscription required)

Sam Jones explores wine seltzers in the Napa Valley Register.

In Sauce Magazine, Julie Cohen looks at Missouri’s role in saving the French wine industry from phylloxera.

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