California Wine Country Rebuilds as Threats Persist

The drought in Northern California is severe, and the risk of fires remains high. But winemakers are trying to adapt to climate change.

Andrew Holve, the head of winemaking at Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley, examining dead vines in a vineyard block lost to the 2020 fires. Credit…Rachel Bujalski for The New York Times

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By Eric Asimov

ST. HELENA, Calif. — The block of vines at Cornell Vineyards on the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Range, just over the county line from this Napa Valley hub, looked green and healthy in mid-July, as they ought to midway through the growing season. But looks can be deceiving.

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