Wildfires and Smoke: Managing Uncertainty and Risk
Welcome & Introductions
Patty Skinkis, President, American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)
It is widely recognized that winegrape vineyards exposed to fresh wildfire smoke can result in quality losses and render crops unsuitable for commercial wine production. However, too often growers, winemakers and managers lack the knowledge and tools needed to make timely, informed decisions about the status of winegrapes exposed to smoke and how to prevent or mitigate damage when smoke events occur. The lack of science-based information and effective tools leads to uncertainty and the potential for greater losses than should otherwise occur. This session will identify key knowledge gaps challenging industry operators and offer insights on how to manage through the uncertainty that accompanies smoke events in wine country.