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Wineries Are Rejecting Smoke Exposed Lake and Mendocino County Grapes

September 20, 2018

Large wineries, most notably Constellation Brands and Treasury Wine Estates, are now exercising the option to skip a vintage with many growers. They've been rejecting a significant wine-grapes from Lake and Mendocino counties, two counties hit by wild fires this summer, according to industry sources. The amount of fruit that has been rejected over possible smoke exposure is unknown but it appears to be quite substantial.