2015 a 'challenging' harvest
Due to early spring, a lot of wine was picked and made several weeks early this year. And then came several big Lake County fires. The worst, the Valley Fire, may have created a real problem for the Napa and Lake vineyards.
The large fires in Lake County took 1500 homes and 4 folks died. This was the 3rd worst fire in California history. We have started helping several local charities get aid to these families.
This summer proved definitely warmer - some vineyards did great, others not so much. Yields were down by 25% due to the prolonged drought. The biggest issue for 2015, especially for Lake and Napa counties, was smoke damage to the vineyards.
We haven’t heard ‘much’ as the industry doesn’t want this discussed. But based on what we’ve seen in 2008, we do believe a lot of Napa got significant amounts of smoke. Sonoma County had a few light smokey days but Napa Valley apparently took a lot more. So we’ll be planning to keep this in mind for our club members.
Lets all send best thoughts and strength to the Lake County fire victims. Check our website for more charity events.