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Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can "hail cannons" really protect a vineyard?

Posted: July 16, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Europe's Latest Hailstorm Hits Barolo

In a summer of storms, some of Piedmont's prime vineyards lost 20 to 30 percent of their grapes

Posted: July 10, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Hail Shatters Burgundy's Hope for a Promising Crop

Violent summer storms strike the Côte de Beaune for a third consecutive year

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why don't more California wineries dry farm?

Posted: June 13, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Hail Shreds Vines Across Northern Bordeaux and Cognac

Big name wineries largely spared, but many small growers will have a tiny crop this vintage

Posted: June 13, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

California Faces Historic Drought

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

For Sale: Sir Alex Ferguson's Wine Collection

Plus, Stéphane Derenoncourt organizes a benefit for beleaguered Bordelais

Posted: April 17, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Sells Out … Cabernet

Plus, Washington's wine industry steps up for mudslide relief, a Burgundy vintner's sentence for refusing to use pesticides is reduced, and more

Posted: April 10, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Winter Inflicts Damage on Cool-Climate Wine Regions

Growers in New York state, Ontario and the Midwest assess damage to vine buds

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Struggling Bordelais Take to the Streets

Plus, drought-stricken California vintners turn to the divining rod, and a new Cape wine auction raises $644,000 for charity

Posted: March 20, 2014  

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Is Finally All Wet

Big weekend storm gives hope to winemakers, particularly in Northern California

Posted: February 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn't thunder, but a sigh of collective relief.

Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, with some areas gaining as much as 12 to 15 inches. Central California wasn't as blessed, receiving no more than an inch or so.

The drought is far from over even in Northern California—rainfall levels are still below the previous record drought year of 1977—but you won't hear any complaints right now.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Plus, the FBI captures Napa's most wanted wine embezzler in Mexico, John Boehner prefers wine to the presidency, wine experiments at the bottom of Lake Geneva and more

Posted: January 30, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

California Wineries Confront Historic Drought

With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up

Posted: January 21, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Is There Rain on the Horizon for California’s Vineyards?

2013 was the driest year on record, and 2014 is one big question mark

Posted: January 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

California is thirsty—and not for wine. It barely rained in 2013, and the wine industry is worried.

How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.

That makes 2013 the driest year on record in California, and the records go back to about 1880. Droughts are nothing new here, but this is a new level of parched. It doesn't help that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year as well.

News & Features  :  News

Hurricane-Ravaged New York Wine Storage Company Liquidated

Fourteen months after Sandy damaged WineCare's cellars, customers hope to finally see their wines again

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How can I get insurance for my wine collection?

Posted: December 20, 2013  

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Hail Devastates French Vineyards

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich, Ben O'Donnell, Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Chilean Wine Producers Hit by Frost

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir buds damaged by freezing nights, but winemakers say it's too early to panic

Posted: October 16, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Burgundy’s Catch-22

A special derogation allows growers to buy grapes. Or not

Posted: September 27, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

On Sept. 24, the prefecture of the Côte d'Or passed a bylaw allowing growers in Burgundy who were affected by the July 23 hailstorm to purchase grapes or must from the 2013 harvest to make up for the loss of their crop.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Fire Destroys Bergström's Equipment, Wine Collection

Plus, a controversial winemaker incites a boycott, wine as Virgil drank it, and more

Posted: August 29, 2013  

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