US wine finally embraces politics

Crush the vote ticket in Napa Valley before the US election 2020

How the American wine industry is gearing up for the US presidential election on 3 November. Image by Emma K Morris courtesy of Crush the Vote. See also Alder's video message on behalf of the Napa wine community in the wake of the fires.

For the longest time, the American wine industry has managed to maintain an apolitical veneer, steering clear of endorsements or positions on everything partisan except the issues most directly impacting the industry. Climate change, of course, bore mentioning, as did immigration issues, especially in California. But even as recently as 2016, the latter has most often...