Vintage Watch III

Keeping on eye on weather where it counts


Here's the third installment of Vintage Watch, my project to survey the weather forecasts for wine producing regions around the globe. I've been asked why I'm doing this and criticized for wasting time with such broad bad generalizations regarding the weather when weather can be highly localized within a particular region. My reply to such criticisms? Don't read this if you feel it offers no value to you!

I was inspired to begin this project by the Wine Spectator, which back in the day, and I'm talking the mid to early 1980s here, featured just such a thing, though their reports focused on the weather that had occurred as opposed to forecasts. Still, it was the first thing I read when I opened each issue. Having an idea of what's going on around the globe can give us a better idea of what a vintage may be like, and having these reports easily available in the future will give us a fun and interesting window into vintage conditions around the globe in 2013. That is reason enough for me to continue, so without further ado: Vintage Watch III

Napa, California

The weather in Napa this week looks to be just about picture perfect with only some thunderstorms rolling in early in the week, continuing a trend through the month of July.

Last Week's Forecast

Alba, Italy

It looks like a promising week in Piedmont, and one that is decidedly needed since this year has been marked by cool and damp conditions. Next weekend is beginning to look a bit like a scorcher.

Last Week's Forecast

Logrono, Spain

The terrible weather forecast for last week is wrapping up early this week and setting the region up for some much needed clear, sunny, and seasonably warm weather.

Last Week's Forecast

Sonoma, California

The week starts off with some unsettled weather but then turns picture perfect as Sonoma enjoys another fine week of weather.

Last Week's Forecast

McMinnville, Oregon

The weather this week looks fantastic in the Willamette Valley, making it three weeks in row. July certainly looks like it's ben fabulous so far.

Last Week's Forecast

Jordan Station, Ontario Canada

While an improvement over last week, Ontario's weather continues to look like it's presenting challenges to grape growers with cool and unsettled conditions.

Last Week's Forecast

Tuscany, Italy

For a second week in a row the weather in and arounf Chianti and Montalcino looks to be fabulous. Perfect temperatures and unabated sun make for an exciting week.

Last Week's Forecast

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