Looking Back On a Really Weird Year in Wine Country

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Don’t want to take our word for it that this was a crazy year for wine growers? The Napa Valley Register chimes in with their year in review, noting the top stories which are dominated by this year’s wacky weather — it was a freezing cold summer in Northern California (in case you hadn’t heard and/or felt it), broken up by a hot flash in late August that shriveled many a grape.

Also of note in the trend column: wineries are selling off inventory at deep discounts, sometimes in secret, to places like Grocery Outlet and bargain basement websites; alternative packaging like box-o-wine, mini-kegs, and tiny tasting bottles are all the rage; and Riesling remains huge.

Earlier: Some California Winemakers Sad, Others Rest Easy, as 2010 Harvest Winds Down [Grub Street]
Three California Winemakers Discuss the Difficult, Possibly Disastrous 2010 Vintage [Grub Street]