Vintage Watch IV

Keeping an eye on weather around the globe.


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Vintage Watch IV This week the story in weather is of course the devastating hail storms and thunderous rains that plagued parts of Burgundy last week. Many of the  vineyards of the Cote de Beaune were shredded by an unprecedented 15 minute hail storm that barreled through Volnay, Pommard, Savigny, northern Meursault and the hill of Corton. Crop losses of between 50% and 90% were reported and while pockets of vines escaped the devastation it will be virtually impossible for most producers to bounce back from such a storm this year. Interestingly this was a very localized storm with little impact in the Cote de Nuits to the north. More information can be found here on Bloomberg.

On a more upbeat note, the harvest has begun in Lodi California as growers there begun to process fruit destined for sparkling wines and roses. As far as I know, this is the start of the vintage 2013 and it will be fascinating to watch the grapes come in around the globe over the next 12 weeks or so. This is crunch time, when the weather can make or break the year for a region so lets dive right in to the forecasts.

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