The real story is about the perception that the vintage is compromised.
Tourism is off by a factor of 10 and many folks who depend on visits are seeing them cancelled in droves.
This vintage may be tagged by critics as unsellable (reference 2011, for different reasons) which would impact the economics of the small to medium winery far more than smoke taint.
The reality is, that it will take time before we realize if smoke taint or fire damage are, in fact, an issue.
The media loves sensationalilizing - at this point these stories do more harm than good. But you gotta be first . . .
Best, jim
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Jim Cowan
www.CowanCellars.com