Vote Now! Papa Murphy’s Final Quarter Friday Night Favorite
How to donate to Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief
How to donate to Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief

Local Wineries Affected by Sand Fire

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

PLYMOUTH-

Wineries in Amador County feel their grapes might be in jeopardy after the Sand Fire inched closer to their vineyards.

Andy Friedlander’s winery, Andis Wines, was just six miles from the huge plumes of smoke on Saturday. On a normal weekend, they expect more than 200 people at the Tasting Room. But because of the fire, only a handful of people visited during the noon hour.

“Especially with the Amador County Fair in town, we expected a crush of people up here,” Ruthie McRonald, Manager of the Andis Wines Tasting Room said.

Friedlander is one of the lucky ones. Other wineries have already lost parts of their vineyards. He said he would be checking his grape leaves for falling ash.

“The ash from the fire could affect the taste of the grapes, during Veraison,” Freidlander said.

Veraison is the critical period in which wine grapes change in color and flavor.

“Many years ago in Napa it happened, and years later, you can taste that smokiness in the wines, so we don’t know what will happen,” Freidlander said.

Other tasting rooms like Turley Wine Cellars across the street, decided to close their doors, at least for the day because of the bad air quality. They were concerned for their customers’ and employees’ health.

They hope the fire simmers down, so they can get back to business as usual.

“There are already homes that have been lost, vineyards are going to be lost, and that is devastating to all of Amador and El Dorado County,” Freidlander said. “We can’t afford that. Nobody can afford it. We’re challenged by Mother Nature every day.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s