Smoke-tainted California grapes find new life as vodka

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Smoke-tainted California grapes find new life as vodka


As wildfires covered California’s wine country skies in smoke in 2020, Nicolas Quille feared the worst for his grapes.

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He remembered how the smoke gave his wine "ashtray" aromas after the 2017 fires so he rushed to harvest his merlot and malbec grapes at Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa County.

But he was too late and the grapes already had been damaged by smoke taint, which can alter the fruit’s chemistry and ultimately its taste.

“It was the wrong decision. It wasn't that good,” said Quille, the chief winemaking and operations officer for Crimson Wine Group, which owns Pine Ridge Vineyards.

But rather than pouring the wine down the drain, the group partnered with Hangar 1 Vodka, which turned the wine made from smoke-tainted grapes into vodka.

A few conversations led to some samples sent to the distillery in Alameda, where they produced a vodka that distillery sales and marketing manager Emily Webster describes as “a gorgeous vodka that is very easy to sip.”

Smoke Point vodka was the result. All proceeds from sales go to the California Fire Foundation.