Vintage Watch VIII

It's on - Harvest Begins around the Globe!


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Vintage Watch VIII Fortunately this week I don't have any  hail to report on, which s a nice change of pace.  Instead I'll take advantage of a note I received from Nola Palomar from Vinos Veleta. I've tried to be really inclusive in my selection of region covered in this article series, but you can't cover them all. And then you get reminded that there are people all over the place making wine. Maybe next year I'll try to cover a few additional regions. If some pioneering winemakers are going to stake their claim to fame on wines from the unexpected, it behooves us to pay more attention to these wines.

One of the ways we can do that is by aging attention to the weather for these regions. If you're going to try something really unknown to you you might as well be sure that you are getting a good vintage of the wine. I am no expert in the weather of Granada, or south east from it some 20 miles or so from the Andalusian coast, so I have to rely on the sod advice of my friends. According to Nola the harvest at Veleta looks to be one of the best they've ever enjoyed. With neither much rain nor north African heat waves to worry about this year, vintage 2013 is already underway with both Chardonnay and Tempranillo being harvested, and it looks like just in time as Grenada looks like it's getting ready for a week of rain. Good luck Nola! I look forward to trying these wines but keep in mind that Veleta's current releases, though tough to track down, are pretty delicious values.

Is the rain in Spain falling mainly on the plain? Click through and let's see how Rioja, and the rest of the northern hemisphere, is going to fare this week.

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  • Snooth User: YossiD
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    And in Israel we are still in the dog days of summer. Hot humid days and cool nights. Rain at this time of year is never a concern, though who knows what changes global warming has in store for us.

    The harvest is well underway and the vintners I know are pleased. A week and a half ago I participated in a Merlot harvest in the Judean Hills near Jerusalem. 25 brix, pH ~3.3, gorgeous color, and wonderful flavors.

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    I will be sure to include Israel in next year's Vintage Watch. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Sep 02, 2013 at 3:29 PM

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