Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (54.5°C) recorded in Death Valley, (southern) California last weekend, making it the hottest recorded temperature on Earth since 1931. The only higher temperature was 134°F, recorded in 1913—also in Death Valley. I know this perennial inferno has no vines, but these temperatures are worrisome for the whole world of wine. In northern California, the next highest mercury reading was 112°, while other west-coast wine states Oregon and Washington also topped 100°.

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