A moment's thought for California
Like to hear a bit of good news about Californian wine? Well, here's a report from the ground. I was in California wine country at the time of the fires, but in the south, which thankfully was totally unaffected. On my final night there, I had dinner in San Francisco with a number of vintners from Napa Valley, where the fires hit hardest. The fires were still burning but coming under control, there was a sense that the worst was over and the winery owners had one message which was loud and clear: The wine industry in Northern California is okay.