The 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck northern California in the early hours of Sunday morning is expected to lead to losses of US$4 billion.
Early grape harvests have begun in both San Luis Obispo in California and Washington due to a prolonged spell of warm, dry weather.
Favourable weather conditions and increased plantings have led California to produce a bumper grape crop in 2013.
While the Rioja region experienced its latest harvest in recent history, there is optimism in the region for a good quality vintage.
I love to visit the vineyards at harvest time; it’s the culmination of a whole year’s work.
While the UK wine industry is hopeful of a healthy harvest, English Wine Producers has said it will fall short of a record-breaking year because of a “hangover” from the poor conditions of last year.
The 2013 harvest is underway at Camel Valley in Cornwall in what is set to be the estate’s largest crop since it started producing wine in 1992.
As harvest 2013 progresses in Napa Valley, winemakers are reporting that red grape picking is immediately following, and at times simultaneously being picked with, the wineries’ white grapes.
This week, the first batch of grapes arrived from Château Corneilla in Roussillon to London Cru in Earls Court. db tracks the journey from vine to vat.
Harvest 2013 has officially begun in Napa Valley with the picking of grapes for sparkling wines.
© 2014 Union Press Ltd | Unit 122, 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS, UK | Registered in England and Wales No. 03606414 | Tel: +44 (0)20 7803 2420