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Summertime Weather in January is Causing Vintners to Sweat

on January 21, 2014

Posted in: blog, Harvest

The few harvests leading up to 2012 were challenging by both the farming and business perspective.  Despite the poor circumstances, we were able to produce lovely wines that are tasting nice and showing great potential after a few years of aging!

Per contra, weather conditions from 2012 and 2013 brought Laird Family Estate great fortune in the vineyards and the vinification process.  We produced more wine than any other vintage and with some of the best quality fruit that we’ve seen in years!

So what made 2013 so prosperous?  The same thing that could possibly put 2014 at a disadvantage.  Drought.  2013 was the driest year in California’s history.  Vineyards don’t need a lot of water to survive, so with the little rain that we got early last year the vineyards were still able to flourish.  The difference now is that as we are approaching the end of January, we still have not seen a drop of rain.  Normally, we receive the most rainfall in January and February, but without any rain, the reservoirs that the vineyards depend on are all dried up and that poses a big problem.  What’s more, in a dry year, bud break usually comes early, but the early morning frost that we’ve been having creates a risk of stunting the crop.  Although Vintners are not panicking yet, they certainly are nervous.  So, if you are a wine lover, grab your friends and do a little rain dance because we need it!

–    Madeleine Rose

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