Weather of course plays a huge role in wine, a farm crop after all is said and done. But Weather has never been as important, and we have seen that develop in two narratives that emerged in 2013.
The first is the story of recent Californian vintages. A pair of problematic vintages produced wines that were less rich and powerful than we had become accustomed to. But you know what, I think people liked them! Just like the financial meltdown of 2008 reminded people of the great values in wine, these recent vintages have reminded people what wine can taste like when it’s not taken to 11. Whether this has a lasting effect depends to a fairly large degree on whether critics like them ,and how powerful critics will be in the future. But, there is an underlying narrative here, that less ripeness is not necessarily a bad thing.