Elsewhere in the Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on how the fire struck at Gundlach Bundschu, one of California’s oldest wineries. “False news had begun circulating that the winery had burned down; Scribe, too…And by around 5 p.m., Cal Fire helicopters appeared overhead, showering water down on the fires before they could reach Gundlach Bundschu and Scribe.”
Facebook and Google will reportedly donate a combined $1.5 million to Wine Country fire relief.
“Patsy McGaughy of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) said the group had heard from 100 of its more than 525 members, and none reported fatalities or injuries among their families or employees. However, five wineries owned by members were destroyed by fire, and nine others were damaged.” Wines & Vines reports on the next steps wineries are considering amid flames.
In the New York Times, Tiffany Hsu reports on the several historic wineries and remaining grape harvest in Napa and Sonoma that have been impacted by the fatal wildfires.
In Wine Enthusiast, Jim Gordon recounts his personal experience on the second full day of the Northern California wildfires.
Brian Freedman looks at how the wildfires could impact the California wine industry for years to come in Forbes.
In Punch, Zachary Sussman explores Santorini’s potential beyond beach wines. “Is it destined to remain a one-hit wonder, forever stamped as another sunny Mediterranean wine? Or, as it continues to carve out its own vision of maturity, will it find a way to surpass the novelty phase and successfully embrace a more complex paradigm…”
In SevenFifty Daily, Amanda Barnes reports on the growing movement of Champagne producers going organic and biodynamic.