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Smoky Washington Wine Grape Harvest
 
08.27.2015
 
No major damage to vineyards, conditions offer glimpse of hot and dry future
 

Yakima, Wash.—Wildfires in northern Washington have made 2015 the worst fire year in the state’s history, with more than 925,000 acres ablaze. More than 260,000 acres are burning in the Okanogan complex alone, while crews work to contain the flames. In the above photo, the smoke hangs thick over Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. 

Smoke and ash have blanketed many parts of the state from time to time as weather systems carry plumes from the fires to the Puget Sound AVA in the west and grape-growing areas in the south of the state. Perhaps nowhere has been hit harder than the Lake Chelan AVA, where the Chelan fire complex covers more than 90,000 acres and remains just 47% contained. Ten days ago, the fire triggered extensive evacuations at the south end of Lake Chelan and destroyed Ventimiglia Cellars.


 
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Taming a Wild Wine Fermentation
 
08.26.2015
 
Experts at UC Davis discuss wild or native fermentation, other yeast issues
 
 

Kloeckera, seen here, is a wild yeast that can initiate a fermentation at colder temperatures.

Davis, Calif.—You can definitely fill a tank with must or juice, cross your fingers and hope the “native” yeast produce a successful fermentation that expresses true vineyard terroir and varietal characteristics.

But if you’re not careful—and don’t know what’s really going on in the vineyard—your fermentation could instead by marred by Pediococcus and acetic acid bacteria, and the Saccharomyces cerevisiae could stall out without finishing the job.

 At a winemaking session held recently at the University of California, Davis, yeast expert Dr. Linda Bisson provided an outline of the key factors that ensure a successful native fermentation. She said such fermentations are defined by relying on the microbial flora of grapes and wineries to conduct fermentation without any deliberate inoculation of commercial strains.


 
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