The Grapevine

Wine Industry News for 1/25/16

January 25th, 2016

El Niño’s effect on California wines, wine stories for 2016, more on the push to “free the grape.” [level-members]

El Niño and Wine
First, shares the impact El Niño is having on the wine industry in California. It’s not as bad as you think. Or it’s worse. Either way, climate change – heck, just climate – is a pretty complex affair for wine growers, as it is for all agricultural producers. The full article is here.

What Will 2016 Mean for the Wine Industry?
Punch offers a broader take on what 2016 will bring to the wine industry, including the Loire getting more love in Oregon and California paying attention to price. The full article is here.

Free the Grape
And finally, Forbes gives us a bit of history on post-Prohibition alcohol regulations and efforts to reform some of those regs. The pull quote from the article says it all:

Until recently, it was easier to ship firearms to consumers across state lines than it was to ship wine.

The full article is here.