Additional amount (in millions of U.S.$) that researchers working on smoke taint in grapes and wine will receive from the Federal Government as of last month. The USDA has already set aside $2 million. California, Oregon, and Washington were all hard hit by wildfires in 2020. Taint occurs when grapes absorb tiny smoke particles that bind with its sugars, potentially giving the resulting wine distasteful aromas and flavors reminiscent of ashtrays and campfires.

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