The Specter of Smoke Tainted Wine

September 22, 2016

In these long days of drought and climate change, wildfires are a constant concern in California’s Central Coast region. The so-called “fire season” now takes up most of the calendar.

In the past two months, as vineyards went through veraison (when grape ripening begins) and the harvest began, massive wildfires burned alongside the region’s top appellations. From August into early September, the west side of Paso Robles dealt with the 46,000-acre Chimney Fire, while the Santa Ynez Valley’s skies were clouded by the 33,000-acre Rey Fire.

Those were relatively minor concerns compared to what continues up the coast in Monterey