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California, renowned for its picturesque vineyards, world-class wineries and, let's not forget, Randy's Donuts, has faced a significant hardship for the last few years: wildfires. These devastating natural disasters not only threaten the lives and homes of residents but also have a surprising effect on one of the state's most cherished products - wine. For the ultimate visuals on the California wildfires check out my interview with Chris Benziger of Benziger Family Winery whose house was destroyed by wildfires a couple of years ago. There was nothing that Chris could really do to save his house but he was able to rescue his wines within the house by throwing them in the pool. Talk about thinking on your feet.
Just like any industry the wine industry faces obstacles. Counterfeit wine is a challenge. The increased use of mega purple by wineries has long been a concern. Another impediment is "smoky wine." Smoky wine has become such a scourge on California wines that whenever we run a sale on a Napa Cab or Russian River Chard customers immediately assume that the wines are smoky. In this blog post, we'll dive (Benziger pool pun) into the concept of smoky wine and explore whether it is being sold, and if so, what you need to know about it.
The Impact of Wildfires on California's Wine Regions
When wildfires strike, they can have a significant impact on the vineyards and grapes that are used to make wine. The smoke and ash from burning vegetation can settle on the grapes and be absorbed by them, affecting their flavor. Smoky wine, is also known as "fire-affected wine" or "smoke-tainted wine." The flavor manifests as smoky, ashy, or even burnt aromas and flavors in the wine. It can be reminiscent of campfire smoke or charred wood. While some people may appreciate the smokiness in certain wine styles, it is generally considered a flaw in wine, particularly for varietals that are not traditionally associated with smoky notes. Neapolitan pizza fans may enjoy smoky wine because charred crust is characteristic of such pizza.
Is Smoky Wine Being Sold?
Yes, smoky wine has been sold in the aftermath of California wildfires. Wineries that have been affected by smoke exposure may still choose to produce and sell their wine, even if it has acquired smoky flavors. The decision to sell smoky wine can vary among winemakers, and some may choose to discard affected batches entirely.
However, it's essential for consumers to be informed about the presence of smoke taint in a wine before purchasing it. Wineries are required to disclose information about any potential smoke taint issues, but it's always a good idea to ask questions and read labels carefully.
What to Consider When Purchasing Smoky Wine:
Transparency: Look for wineries that provide clear information about the impact of wildfires on their grapes and wine. Honest communication is a sign of integrity in the industry.
Tasting Preferences: Consider your personal taste preferences. If you enjoy smoky flavors in wine, you may find smoky wine appealing. However, if you prefer a clean and crisp wine, you might want to avoid wines affected by smoke taint. Cigar smokers may welcome the smoky notes.
Price: Smoky wine is often priced lower than unaffected wines of the same varietal and vintage. Be aware of the price point and whether it aligns with your expectations for a wine with potential flavor issues. The adage 'you pay for what you get' forever holds true.
Smoky wine is a unique consequence of these California fires, and it's important for consumers to be aware of their occurrence and potential effects on their wine choices. With transparency and informed decision-making, wine lovers can persist in enjoying California wine while bolstering the resolve of the state's winemakers in the midst of challenges
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