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Viticulturists keep fingers crossed that smoke won't taint wine

September 02, 2020

"At this point, it's too early to know if there will be measurable impacts on the Sonoma Valley wine harvest. In many areas, much of the smoke was transitory," said Maureen Cottingham, executive director of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association. "There may have been some (smoke) in the morning and by afternoon it's gone. The varied climate and topography of Sonoma Valley is so different that there is no one size fits all answer when it comes to assessing smoke impact."