By Emily Teel
Last October, when Rutherford, California winery Copper Cane Wines & Provisions canceled contracts for more than 2,000 tons of Southern Oregon grapes it caused an I-5 scramble. The fruit, rejected for supposed smoke taint from wildfire impact in the region, represented a $4 million dollar collective loss for more than 15 Rogue Valley growers.
Willamette valley wineries, moving quickly, made arrangements to bring some of the fruit north. Based on lab results from each lot, they believed the fruit had been rejected without cause. Five months later, the first wine made from some of these grapes is ready and will soon be sold with proceeds going back to support the grape growers. Read full article...