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2016: The year for new world wines


In every wine country, vintners anxiously scan the skies all year, hoping weather challenges will still let them make great, or at least good, wine. French wine makers in Chablis lit fires earlier this year to protect their vineyards from irreparable frost damage. So far, 2016 has been a very rough year for Europe's vintners, with one weather catastrophe after another. Hailstorms in Barolo. Spring frosts, then mildew, in Champagne, and equally disastrous weather events in Burgundy, Chablis, and Beaujolais. In some instances, 70 per cent of the crops were lost. Some tiny growers may go ...

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First Published: Wed, August 17 2016. 00:05 IST