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Wildfires could give California wines smoky taste

When smoke is absorbed into the plant and concentrates in the fruit, it alters the grape's chemistry and ultimately taints its taste and aroma

Smoke from wildfires extending over Sonoma Valley on Tuesday. Some 10 per cent to a third of the crop remains on the vines, according to various estimates.


WINE connoisseurs may find some of northern California's 2017 vintage to be a bit smokier than usual on the palate.

Wildfires have damaged or demolished at least 13 Napa Valley wineries, a trade group for vintners there said on Tuesday, but experts say smoke rather than...

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