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A French Affair

David and PM are in Burgundy, catching up on our vineyards and winemakers there. There was also quite a significant birthday celebrated! Happy Birthday David!

Hello from Burgundy

It has been a long hot summer with a few heatwaves and not enough rain. Many days of lovely blue skies and very brown lawns. There has been a lot in the news on forest fires and climate change, all food for thought and of concern. There has been lots of activity in the village in the run up to vendange. In the mornings, the tractors roar past early - as they have been doing for the past months. At the height of the heatwaves, there were tractors working in the vineyard in front of our bedroom windows from 4.30-5.00am in the morning - using the rest of the moonlight and the starlight, plus...

What a difference a week makes!

A week ago, PM and I had just arrived in Burgundy. The days were sunny and warm, with daily highs reaching 18 to 19°. The vines were waking up from their winter sleep and there were early signs of budding in some vineyards. A week later, a storm system from northern Europe is upon us and temperatures have plummeted. It has snowed all morning and by lunchtime, the temperature had limped its way to a miserly 2 degrees! Pretty chilly for April. I undertook my daily walk in the vineyards above Gevrey-Chambertin in light snow and an Artic wind. A week ago, vintage in New Zealand was barely...

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