Napa and Sonoma fires could be devastating to California wine industry – Orange County Register

The tragedy of lost lives and devastated neighborhoods has made the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma front page news across the country, and those sad stories will remain with us until the fires are contained, which could be days or even weeks from now. Once the smoke has cleared, another story will unfold: the damage to the region’s vital winemaking and tourism industries.

Many livelihoods depend on wine, from hotel workers to vineyard laborers, sales reps to sommeliers, and this year’s harvest could be a bust. Though consumers in Southern California and elsewhere probably won’t notice any immediate effects, the consequences of the fires could well be felt in prices, quality and availability two to four years from now, as the 2017 wines reach maturity and newly planted vines start producing fruit.

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