California wildfires threatening the state’s wine industry


Winemakers near California’s precious Napa Valley are worried that smoke from wildfires could affect the flavor of their grapes.

“Wines made from grapes exposed to smoke during sensitive growth stages can exhibit aromas and flavors resembling smoked meat, disinfectant, leather, salami and ashtrays,” according to a report on wildfire’s effects on grapes from the Department of Agriculture and Food in Australia from 2003.

Wine is a $24 billion industry in the state and California produces approximately 90% of the wine made in the United States. Any dramatic loss of grape crop could be detrimental to the state’s economy.



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