Well, things have been rather quiet. Conditions are still very hot, but the extreme heat and humidity that must have made any sort of work in the Douro unbearable, seem to have eased slightly.
Thanks to Oscar (http://quevedoportwine.com/
) we have our opening report from the front line, and it's looking like a late harvest. Veraison is not yet complete, and potential alcohol levels are lower than in recent years.
Some rain is needed, but there is little prospect before next Wednesday, and even then the forecasters are not agreed as to whether the passing clouds are likely to precipitate. Further afield, the hurricane season is very benign, without a single tropical depression at this point
Elsewhere in the world there is a fair amount of gloom about 2010 - the Californians are already talking about the summer that never was, and some Burgundian growers suffered a grievous amount of vine mortality at the hands of an extreme frost on Dec 20th.
Commentary from Bordeaux always seems focused on the eternal squabbles between the producers and their regulatory bodies, but there seems to be almost a law of omerta when it comes to talking about the upcoming vintage. Does anyone
in Bordeaux have an up to date blog on the harvest there?
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill