Mr. California….Meet Mr. Oregon
But I did have a chance to speak with a client with many years experience growing grapes and making wine in this neck of the woods. I asked him, "just what effect is this going to have on the grapes and the harvest. Instead of giving me a response about mold or rot as I suspected he pointed out something I hadn’t even considered:
"We are getting a taste of how the rest of the world grows grapes," he said. "A colleague from Oregon tells me ‘California is experiencing what we up in Oregon wine country call a pretty good season so far’"
Which of course made me reflect on what I’ve said and what I’ve heard many others say over the years: "If Burgundians or Bordelais could trade in their climate for our climate here in California they do so in a heartbeat."
Which of course is true, no matter what the French say about "terroir" only existing in the great vineyards of France. Grape growers in California do live a bit of a charmed life when it comes to the conditions under which they grow their grapes…this odd, fine, Oregon-like weather aside.