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September 26, 2008
Hard Times: Harvest Report 2008
filed under: Ramblings
(Pictured - I snapped thick smoke beyond the bocce court at Solage in Calistoga this summer.)
"Admittedly, California vintners have been through nothing if not the ringer this growing season. Starting with a devastating frost in late March - the worst on record in more than 30 years - that decimated as much as 30% of some vineyards' crop, 2008 has been a year that's tested the mettle of just about everyone close to winemaking in the Golden State, most of all those in hard-hit Northern California. To wit, on the heels of spring's frosts a series of devastating summer fires raged through wine country, causing winemakers to fret still more - this time about the potential impact the abundant smoke might have on their as-yet-unmade wines. Hard times, indeed..."
Posted by Courtney at 12:31 PM •