Vintage Watch VIII

It's on - Harvest Begins around the Globe!


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.

Napa, California

The weather in Napa looks picture perfect this coming week. It certain looks like it's slowing down what has been an early start to harvest.

Last Week's Forecast

Alba, Italy

Piedmont looks as though it's in for a week of mixed weather that probably will not do much to either help or harm the harvest. Time to start being serenely patience

Last Week's Forecast

Logroño, Spain

Rioja looks like it's getting its mojo back with clearing skies and moderating temperatures.

Last Week's Forecast

Sonoma, California

Sonoma has snapped right back to gorgeous after the light rain in last week's forecast, leading into what looks like a promising start to harvest.

Last Week's Forecast

McMinnville, Oregon

Not promising. Nobody wants rain leading into harvest but then again 2007.

Last Week's Forecast

Jordan Station, Ontario Canada

Ontario looks to be in for some weather similar to McMinville's, though not quite as rainy and with a bit more sun.

Last Week's Forecast

Tuscany, Italy

And after weeks of amazing weather we have a stinker up coming for Tuscany with lots of rain on the way exacerbating the disease pressure that has been sometimes difficult to manage this year.

Last Week's Forecast

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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
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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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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