Drought

    Get Ready for the Wine Industry Financial Symposium

    Sue and I have just returned from a week in Northern Italy as guests of the Valpolicella Consorzio (look for a series of industry reports on Valpolicella and Prosecco in the coming weeks) and now we are getting ready to head to Napa, California for the Wine Industry Financial Symposium that will be held there on September 22 and 23.

    6 readers - By The Wine Economist

    Some execs are “worried,” but really, there’s nothing to worry about wine’s future

    Nobody asked, but here’s my two cents on “top Golden State vintners [express] concern about the future of the $23.1 billion industry, especially among the discerning millennial market.” That’s from Tuesday’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which reported on “a UC Davis survey of 26 senior executives” in the state, and found that “Everyone was a little bit worried.

    5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Vintage 2014, and California declares war on small wineries

      STEVE HEIMOFF - - 5 readers - With the first (light) rain of the season expected tomorrow (today, as you read this) north of the Golden Gate Bridge, I thought it was a good time to consider the 2014 vintage in California. So, as usual, I asked my loyal Facebook friends, who responded in force. The story is this: short, compressed harvest. Record early, in many cases a month before normal.

      Vintage Ad Archive: Bourbon Bonanza!

      The Alcohol Professor - - 5 readers - September is Bourbon Heritage Month, and accordingly, we here at Alcohol Professor have recently devoted lots of space to showcasing different sides of Kentucky’s native spirit –and now I’ve decided it’s only fitting to join in the fun myself, take our readers for a spin through the past, and present an extra-special Bourbon-centric trawl through my media files! And while I’ve showcased America’s.

      Fire on the Mountain

      The Wine Commonsewer - - 4 readers - Good Morning Gentle Readers, Noticed the smoke about 10:30 this morning. The fire looks to be between Black Star Canyon and Main Divide Road. I imagine the afternoon sea breeze will push it over the ridge toward South Corona ...

      Harvest Report 2014 – Phil Coturri – Sonoma

      Organic Wine Journal - - 4 readers - Phillip Coturri From Phil: I’m taking a deep breath as a front moved through last night, dropping a quarter inch of rain. We harvested our last zin yesterday not wanting them to get washed. The harvest has been early and steady. The last major heat spike during the Labor Day weekend really got things going. We have harvested about 50% of the 1200 tons we do annually.

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      Domaine la Condamine l’Evêque

      … topic of conversation was this year’s vintage. There has been a winter drought between Beziers and Montpellier, with an inevitable impact on quantity – down at least 30%, but some areas are even worse. They started picking on 23rd August, which is about the average, but this year they will finish earlier; he anticipated about 17th September…

      3 readers - By Taste Languedoc

      Vintage Ad Archive: Bourbon Bonanza!

      … on the difficulties American distillers faced to get their businesses up and running again after the long drought of prohibition, fighting the inexpensive and ubiquitous imports from Canada and Scotland. And while it took companies a moment to regain their footing, they launched straight back into the fray, coming up with all manner of catchy campaigns, wooing…

      5 readers - By The Alcohol Professor

      Harvest end at Derain (Burgundy)

      …) and lots of rain, then from february to june it was dry and from mild to hot (peaking at 37 ° C or 99 °F) in early june, then some showers at the end of june helped relieve the drought (especially for the just-replanted vines), there was an episode with destructive hailstorms in Pommard in late june. July was a mix of high temperatures and rain…

      3 readers - By Wine Terroirs

      Harvest Report 2014 – Phil Coturri – Sonoma

      … tons we do annually. What’s left is Cabernet and Rhones. The growing season started early with bud break around mid March. Bloom was early, starting late April. For the third year of drought, the rains we did have came a few weeks prior to bud break and through March, filling the soil profile and setting the stage for great full canopies. The fruit…

      4 readers - By Organic Wine Journal

      Vintage 2014, and California declares war on small wineries

      … acids, but that can be corrected in the winery. On the other hand, others remarked about high acidity, which also can be corrected, partially, through the malolactic fermentation. The exceptional drought has resulted in small berries but that should make for intense flavors. Potential problems? Smoke taint tops the list. The Sierra Foothills have…

      5 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Get Ready for the Wine Industry Financial Symposium

      … of the symposium is “Let the Good Times Roll,” which will strike some as a bit off-key since the California headlines this year have been dominated by bad news — first drought and then the recent Napa earthquake. The program (see below) doesn’t sidestep the challenges, but seeks to put them into the context of a rising tide in the U.S. market…

      6 readers - By The Wine Economist

      Fire on the Mountain

      … the occasional off-roader. Couple 100 degree heat with bone dry, late summer chaparral, then throw in some ongoing drought condition, and you've got a recipe for a flash fire. As Always, TWC…

      4 readers - By The Wine Commonsewer