Here’s why California Cabernet wines are increasing in price:
One picture is worth more than thousand words. At the time of writing, California wildfires are already dominating the West Coast news coverage. Negatively affecting California wine is the historic drought levels and historically lower grape yield. Cabernet Sauvignon from cru AVAs are in a double shortage whammy. Demand has gone up while supply has diminished more on a yearly basis. Adding another component to this spiral shortage is the mega-marketers buying out the icon red producers. The wildfires which are close to these vineyards will affect the grapes and soils negatively. There’s no need for ambient temperatures when harvesting nor the landing of condensed fire repellent on grapes.