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Thank the (Mostly) Merciful Wine Gods

Elaine Chukan Brown | September 15, 2014 | Story Wine and Spirits

Because most of the grapes were still on the vines when the earthquake hit, not much of this year’s harvest was spilled: Look for the first whites and rosés next spring and most reds sometime in 2016. But even before the earthquake, 2014 handed winemakers a big wild card—namely, the drought. Fortunately, it could have been worse.

“Obviously, water was a big issue," said Scott McLeod, consulting winemaker with wineries from Paso Robles to Napa."Drought conditions tend to create an
early spring and early harvest, which it did this year. February rains saved us right when the vines needed it.”

CRASHING THE CRUSH 2014

Drink With the Pros: A new industry clubhouse.

Stomp the Hell out of Some Grapes: Tap your inner Lucy.

Assess the Aftershocks: How to lend a hand to the recovery.

Eat Killer Grub: Don't let the quake quell your appetite.

Thank the (Mostly) Merciful Wine Gods: Why it could have been worse.

Toast to Unharmed Bottles: Warm-weather drinking at its finest.

Find Serenity on the Silverado Trail: The newest attractions not on Highway 29.

Party Like a Pro: The Best Wine Events

Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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