The Grapevine

Wine Industry News – November 28, 2016

November 28th, 2016

A nightmare harvest in Champagne, a much-improved harvest in Michigan, end of the chase for In Pursuit of Balance, and vineyard worker healthcare in Oregon.


Nightmare Vintage in Champagne
At least according to Piper-Heidsieck’s chef de cave, Regis Camus, who reports “an explosion of mildew” unlike any before in his career. His harvest was down by a full third. Read the complete Drinks Business article here.

Improved Harvest in Michigan
The Traverse City Record Eagle tells us that in Michigan, wine growers are breathing a sigh of relief as they finally get a strong harvest after 2 much tougher vintages. This vintage avoided the frosts and storms that plagued the past two years and still provided a manageable harvest. You can read the full article here.

In Pursuit of Balance Calls Off the Chase
Holds one last tasting before ending their quest. Whether you considered them an industry association bent on promoting their members’ wines, a movement with a radical agenda, or something in between, their existence – and now end – is notable. Read the San Francisco Chronicle article here.

Vineyard Worker Healthcare in Oregon
Hawk Wakawaka reports on the program in Oregon to help migrant workers healthy. The piece is a quick recap and links to the full article on the Jancis Robinson site, which requires a paid subscription. Still, worth the quick read.