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.
Posts about Drought
  • 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

    … are usually the coldest and wettest times. March is usually one of my favorite times of the year here, but it was kind of wet in '14 after a very dry and warm January, so you never know. Santa Rosa, in the middle of Sonoma County, gets about 30 inches of rain annually (except during the last few drought years). The thing is, it all comes during late…

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 1 readers -
  • Early Harvest For 2014

    … was extraordinarily dry in California. (Yes, we have all heard about the drought…) And the weather was such that the vineyards placed their harvest teams out there in August!! Harvesting grapes for wine is not as romantic as it sounds. Many of the teams start the work at midnight and work through the cool dark hours of the night. Winemakers don’t want…

    Wine Ponder in Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc Riesling- 2 readers -
  • NEWS FETCH – November 6, 2014

    …TOP NEWS California’s winemakers gear up for worsening drought in 2015 Discontent Bubbles Over in Champagne Protest What happens when a Wine Writer Loses His Taste See the world of wine in 4 minutes – ProWein 2015 presents an unparalleled diversity of wines from all continents. *Sponsored Link* HARVEST 2014/GLOBAL WINE SUPPLY OZ: Prices for […]…

    Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight- 1 readers -
  • Dettori, Sardinia (Italy)

    … the temperature was unusually cold, and when there was no rain there was a cold wind instead. Then, from the 27th or 28th os september the weather cleared and it was like if august had come back at last, and since then, no rain. And the problem today is that he needs rain, not to feed the vines which can stand drought, but to have the soil in the ideal…

    Bertrand Celce/ Wine Terroirs- 1 readers -
  • Wandering through Germany: Part 1 – Pfalz

    … in the juice. However if it shows up after the wine is 10 years old it is the normal Petrol aroma of an aged Riesling. He also stated that atypical aging disorders come from sunburn, drought years or green phenolics from un-ripe years. It was truly fascinating stuff! Their top two wines were the following 2012 Pechstein GG (Basalt soil) – Stone…

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  • Dinner with Piper-Heidsieck Chef de Caves Regis Camus

    …, France was hit by an unprecedented drought, which starved the vineyards of water. Knowing that such an extraordinary event could well give rise to an equally extraordinary vintage, a small number of inspired winemakers leveraged their know-how and creativity to create the first of what would become known as PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare Millésime…

    Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Storyin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 5 readers -