Drought is an extended period when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply whether surface or underground water.[citation needed] A drought can last for months or years, or may be declared after as few as 15 days. Generally, this occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region. Although droughts can persist for several years, even a short, intense drought can cause significant damage and harm to the local economy. Prolonged drought has caused cause mass migrations and humanitarian crises.
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    • Lovely Louise Swenson

      Elmer Swenson is a respected and nearly mythical figure in the cold climate wine growing community, but do we ever wonder what force was behind his success? He had his own motivations for breeding grapes which developed at an early age, and then later in life he greatly expanded the vine breeding work of prior generations.

      Todd Trzaskos/ New York Cork Report- 3 readers -
    • San Luis Obispo County: After the Storm

      Last week's storm system, christened the "Pineapple Express," soaked drought-stricken California and left its mark throughout San Luis Obispo County. Although Thursday night's raging winds and deluge of rainfall wreaked havoc—causing capsized trees, flooding, and leaving many homes and businesses without power—we got what we needed: a magnificent downpour.

      Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO- 2 readers -
  • The Sky is Falling? Wine Country Wants More of This Wet Stuff

    … is the Winemaker for Garnet Vineyards among other consulting projects and is the author of The Winemaker’s Answer Book. Started in 2013, www.girlandthegrape.com won “Best New Wine Blog” in the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. When she has time, she plays tennis, cooks for friends and family, writes the occasional wine article and does a daily rain dance. contact: ancrowe@hotmail.com Twitter: @alisoncrowewine LinkedIn: Alison Crowe The post The Sky is Falling? Wine Country Wants More of This Wet Stuff appeared first on Girl and The Grape. …

    Alison Crowe/ Girl and The Grape- 4 readers -
  • Flora Springs Gamut, NV First Release

    Flora Springs is located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in the far northwest corner of the Rutherford AVA in the heart of Napa Valley. Natural springs on the property have flowed continuously even in times of drought. The winery is also very good in making sure people don’t go thirsty. Their Trilogy blend has been delighting wine lovers since 1984 and their single vin ...

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  • Weekly Wine News Around the Web

    Kurniawan’s Cellar Eyed as Compensation for Victims: Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan’s wine cellar may be a source of compensation for victims of his crime, according to this report in Decanter magazine. Victims of his fraud are owed upwards of $30 million, according to the article. One problem? Investigators will need to comb through his collection to ascertain the a ...

    Home- 5 readers -
  • On Palate Press: Water footprints and Waiheke (and chickens, again)

    … it appeared on the table, nor to how it died if we didn’t kill it. I’d never really thought about water that way before wandering around on Waiheke; I try to conserve it, but I don’t usually think so graphically about what my convenient kitchen faucet implies. I’d never wish drought on anyone (and California and its people have my sympathy…

    The Wine-o-scope- 2 readers -
  • The “F” Word and Mother Nature’s Lady Parts: VINTAGE 2014

    …, (@LarnerWine), Winemaker, Larner Vineyard & Wines • Ryan Carr (@CarrWinery), Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Carr Winery • Eric Carucci (@CARRUCCIwines), Winemaker, Carucci Wines Find out who is into rocks, eating dirt and chewing bark! Join us on twitter at promptly 7:30 p.m. Any wine enthusiast can join in to ask questions about the vintage…

    Amy Corron Power/ Another Wine Blog- 2 readers -
  • NEWS FETCH – December 9, 2014

    …TOP NEWS US economy to accelerate in 2015 Global vineyard area rises, popular varietals rule Nature, not climate change, blamed for drought Newly 21 Millennials To Drive 2015 Alcohol sales Take control of your wine costing and set your prices with confidence *Sponsored Link* HARVEST 2014/GLOBAL WINE SUPPLY Bordeaux: Giscours Sees Positive 2014 Vintage FINANCE, […]…

    Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight- 2 readers -
  • Angela Moench of Stone House Vineyard Winemaker Profile

    … Angela Moench is the co-owner and winemaker at Stone House Vineyard in Spicewood, Texas. At the winery is a vineyard with Norton grapes. Angela Moench is from the Barossa Valley of Australia and the wines at Stone House Vineyard showcase Australian wines in addition to Texas wines. We asked Angela Moench about her background and philosophy…

    Jeff Cope/ Texas Wine Lover- 5 readers -
  • The next BIG red wine?

    … tannin structure. That makes it perfect for foods with plenty of weight. Rich meat dishes, grilled steak, pork, veal lamb, and all types of wild game and sausage, are your best bets. Consider rich cuts of red meat, well-aged cheese (like Stilton). Spicy foods also pair well with Petit Verdot, and will work with both hard and semi-soft cheeses. I…

    The Sommelier Update- 7 readers -
  • SD Vintners Debut 2014 Barrel Samples At Fall Harvest Event

    …. Stehleon Vineyards‘ Winemaker Lisa Stehly’s biggest challenge was overcoming the devastation of the vines by hungry deer due to the severe drought conditions. Although the vineyards were destroyed, Stehleon Vineyards were able to harvest 1/2 ton of Sauvignon Blanc from the Valley Center vineyards. The Stehleon Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc already…

    Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!- 1 readers -
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    … in the North Coast (as is usually the case) but all the way down to San Diego. That may dampen some holiday spirits, but we’re all glad that the drought finally is showing signs of weakening. Meanwhile—I have to get this in—the a**holes were out in force again last night in Oakland, looting and vandalizing, in the name of civil rights and social justice…

    STEVE HEIMOFFin Cabernet Sauvignon Sauvignon Blanc- 1 readers -
  • Weekly Interview: Nicolas Cantacuzene

    …for Emeritus Vineyards? Fast and furious. The challenge was to bring in the fruit as fast as possible. With the drought, the fruit did not have the reserve to stay on the vine as long. The wines will probably be more exuberant than most years, but they will preserve freshness from high acidity levels. Who are your favorite winemakers in history…

    Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 1 readers -
  • Visiting Wine Country in the Winter

    … What's it like to visit the Sonoma/Napa area in the winter? And how does it differ from summer travel to Northern California? February in the Russian River Valley The first thing on your mind is Weather As always, you can't control the weather. You might see pouring rain and chilly temps or you can get sunny and 70. Mid-Dec through early Feb…

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 1 readers -
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