CNBC reports Napa Valley was mostly spared from fires. "The Napa Valley Vintners has heard from 330 of its member wineries. Of those, 47 sustained direct damage and only a handful experienced significant property loss."
SFGate on conspiracy theories around the California wild fires. "Fact-checking website Snopes has already debunked one popular rumor: that the fires were "started by Mexican drug cartels in order to gain a strategic advantage over the legal marijuana industry."
Decanter on a shifting role for Bordeaux négociants. "Today the best négociants are true partners for châteaux. There were many years when only critics’ scores counted and our role was seen as simply moving stock. Today personalisation and adding value is key to luxury wines, and we can bring vision, confidence, brand building."
Chanel has acquired a Bordeaux estate reports The Drinks Business. "One of the oldest estates in Saint Emilion, Berliquet has 18ha under vine with 75% of the plantings being Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and a very little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon."