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If You Read Anything This Week: Wine News 11.3.2017

Constellation & cannabis: On Monday, Constellation Brands announced that it has purchased a minority stake in Canopy Growth Corporation, a medicinal cannabis producer in Ontario. As more countries and US states legalize marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use, established companies will be best poised for success. [Meininger’s]

Fires in northern Italy: Forest fires in northern Italy have burned for over two weeks, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The fires were fueled by a very dry summer, minimal rainfall, and high winds. Switzerland and Croatia sent aircraft to help the Italian efforts to fight the fires earlier this week. [The Washington Post]

Remembering Seth Kunin: Beloved Santa Barbara winemaker Seth Kunin passed away unexpectedly on October 28, suffering a heart attack in his sleep. Kunin was the former general manager at Santa Barbara’s Wine Cask Restaurant, made wine at Westerly Vineyards for nearly a decade, and launched his own label, Kunin Wines, in 1998. He was a mentor and friend to many in the community. [Wine Spectator]

Torres on environmental issues: Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Senior is passionate about environmental protection and responding to climate change. His family’s business is setting aside 10% of its profits each year for environmental projects, and he is particularly interested in the possibility of wineries becoming carbon neutral. [Decanter]

Supporting CA wine: Jeremy Parzen published a heartfelt call for support of California wine, noting that he came of age in the wine industry during an era when many wine professionals dismissed these wines, and for too long he supported that notion. While working on a Slow Food guide to California wine, he was surprised and impressed with what he found. Now, in the wake of the fires, supporting California wine is more important than ever. [Houston Press]

Exploring Cognac: Journalist Shivani Vora explores Cognac, dispelling the mystery around the beverage by exploring its roots and production. Brush up on your knowledge of Cognac—its history, the region, blending, and brands both large and small—in this profile. [NYT]

Our favorite SevenFifty Daily article this week

Clone complexities: There are hundreds of clones of Pinot Noir in the world. Considering how their selection plays out in Oregon, New Zealand, and Chile, it’s clear that winemaker preferences vary, and definitively evaluating the differences in the wines that result is an enormous challenge. More excitement is on the horizon, too—there are new clones in Burgundy, still a secret. [SevenFifty Daily]

What do you think?

What other connections between the wine and cannabis industries have caught your attention? What do you expect is ahead?

Have you heard more updated or personal reports about the fires in Italy? Share them here.

Describe other innovative environmental projects you've heard about or observed at wineries.

Are you a fan of Cognac? What about your customers?

Do you have strong opinions on Pinot Noir clones? Let us know your thoughts!

What else have you been reading this week?