“Before mechanization, European vineyards often incorporated orchards. Under modern monocropping, however, agroforestry fell away. With the need to address climate pressures and growing interest in sustainability, the practice is coming back.” In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews reports on how winegrowers are using trees, hedgerows, and habitats to mitigate climate change, helping not just the environment, but also the health of their vines.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jess Lander reports on a federal investigation that’s revealed tension across California vineyards over visa program for farmworkers. “The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Lodi’s Vino Farms violated federal law by giving better wages and hours to workers in the H-2A program than workers already living in the U.S. The investigation just concluded with Vino Farms needing to pay roughly $55,000 in lost wages for shortchanging 14 Sonoma County workers, in addition to $21,000 in civil money penalties.”
In Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettman profiles the winemakers behind some of America’s most popular wines. “These winemakers might serve the most critical role in American wine: producing bottles that can be enjoyed every day, introducing new wine consumers to the market and educating the next generation who come up through their ranks. They’re also on the leading edge of innovation, with the expansive budgets and expendable batches required to test new technologies, develop their own and share their research with everyone else.”
What makes Burgundy so desirable? Emily Saladino looks into the economic and ephemeral factors behind the region’s rise in Food & Wine.
Dread over fires and excessive heat has turned to euphoria for Bordeaux producers as the 2022 harvest has rolled out, reports Margaret Rand in Wine-Searcher.
In Sonoma Magazine, Sarah Doyle highlights Sonoma wineries leaning into rare varieties.
And in New Jersey Monthly, I share some love for Merlot.
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