Monday, September 22, 2008

Harvest starts

I love Decanter magazine. Don't think I've ever tried to hide that. The Brits don't know much, but they do know how to write about wine.

It's become a major source for me to get industry news. Last Friday the 19th, Decanter reported that the Canadian wine harvest was beginning, both in BC and in Ontario. They interviewed the usual big players - Henry of Pelham, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, who gave the journalists their usual "everything is dandy" line. Well, 2008 was a pretty shitty year, so you have to have pretty big balls to say that this vintage is going to be anything above mediocre.

We had tons of rain in spring, tons of rain in summer, and humid conditions. Very little sunshine, and quite cool nights. Maybe - maybe, the white wines will be fantastic, but I just don't see how they can get their black grapes to ripen. Just don't see it. I mean, 2007 was glorious, but this year was a complete reversal. Will be interesting to see what the winery staff say, when I go up for my next visit.

The article:

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