Vintage Watch IX

Watching the weather as harvest 2013 kicks into high gear.


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Vintage Watch IX The moment of truth is fast approaching for the northern hemisphere's vineyards. Everything up until harvest is pretty much dress rehearsal, the devastating hail in France withstanding. These final weeks of weather before and during harvest are ultimately the most crucial; heavy rains, cold temperatures, or yet more hail can take the most promising vintage and turn it into something mediocre, or worse.

Taking a quick look around the world I see that harvest has or is close to starting just about everywhere, with France looking to have the worst harvest in decades in both quality and quantity. Much of California on track for another fine harvest, smaller than last years, about as early as any in the last five decades, and from a season as warm as 1997 was.  That is getting people excited, the question of course remains, will the weather hold out through harvest? Lets take a look and see what's in store.

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