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CALIFORNIA SUN: Napa’s wine industry is not aging well

BAY MADE is proud to share four recent episodes this week from Jeff Schechtman and our friends at CALIFORNIA SUN.

This episode: Host Jeff Schechtman sits down with Stu Smith, proprietor of Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena and a longtime small winery activist to talk about the diminished state of the California wine industry. A global wine glut, younger generations turning away from alcohol, and a contentious battle over the future of Napa County wineries have left the enemy inside the gates. As if this weren’t enough, Justice Department investigators have subpoenaed dozens of wine industry figures, including a member of the Board of Supervisors, and in January the head of Napa County’s farm bureau died by apparent suicide.