Several raging wind-whipped fires forced evacuations Monday in California's famed wine country.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered near Calistoga in Sonoma County, located about 75 miles north of San Francisco, KTVU reported.
This year’s vintage in California will rate as one of the greatest of the past 20 years, according to Vérité winemaker Pierre Seillan.
Speaking in London on Monday this week about the conditions in Sonoma County, the source region for Vérité’s triumvirate of wines made from Bordeaux grapes, Seillan said that 2017 was a “great” vintage, adding that he would place it in quality terms among the “top five vintages of the past 20 years”.
Heat, humidity and labor throw obstacles in the way for Central Coast harvest season.
After a summer of widely favorable growing conditions, farmers and vintners across the Paso Robles AVA face the effects of a prolonged Labor Day heat wave followed by unseasonal humidity and rain, all of which may force a squeeze on limited labor resources
Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historical low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed.
The 2017 grape harvest in Bordeaux didn't start well.
In late April this year, Nicolas Glumineau, managing director of Château Pichon Lalande, was on a flight to New York with a group of other classed-growth owners and winemakers. All was cheerfulness – until a message pinged onto a phone. Then another. Then another. Faces grew long, and longer. Back in Bordeaux there had been frost – potentially devastating frost.