Valley of the Doldrums
Rainy harvest tested winemakers in Loire's diverse regions
Wine is like life -- not every vintage has a happy ending. In the marginal northerly climate of France's Loire Valley, vintners gamble with the weather every year. In 1998, 1999 and 2000, most of them lost.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands August 31, 2001.