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BKWine Brief nr 48, July 2007

>> Friday, July 06, 2007 year the summer seems to have been very short. I’ve just spent a week in the southern Rhône and the Languedoc, enjoying sunshine and warm temperatures. Back in Paris we have autumn weather. Is summer already over? This will be a very strange wine harvest and vintage. Where I was, in the south of France, most wine growers seemed very happy with the year so far – expecting a medium size but good harvest. But further north the situation is much more difficult. Much rain and cold weather with all the dangers and difficulties with diseases and uneven ripening that it will lead to.

If you are a wine grower you probably have to be a bit of an artist in doing all sorts of things. One of the growers we met in the Rhône valley had just opened a bed-and-breakfast (or chambres d’hôte as it’s called here); another was growing fruit in addition to the wine (and using the fruit cold storage to refrigerate the grapes if weather was hot during harvest). A third put a lot of effort into selling direct to the consumers at the door and sold more than half of his production in the winery shop – with correspondingly higher margins. Everything helps….

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