French Agricultural Service Forecasts Poor 2013 Harvest

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The French public agricultural service FranceAgriMer forecasts the country’s 2013 grape harvest to reach 43.5 million hectoliters. Though a slight improvement from 2012’s record low harvest (41.4 million), this harvest will be one of the worst in 40 years and below the 10-year average of 45.4 million, according to Jerome Despey, head of FranceAgriMer’s viticulture department. Despey attributes the poor harvest to this year’s cool temperatures, excessive precipitation and severe hailstorms throughout the country.

Washington, D.C.-based Society of Wine Educators has elected San Francisco Wine School’s founder and CEO, David Glancy, M.S., to its board of directors. Glancy founded San Francisco Wine School in 2011 and created, managed and taught the Certified Sommelier Program at the International Culinary Center California. He has passed the SWE’s Certified Wine Educator, Certified Specialist of Spirits and French Wine Scholar exams.

China's oldest wine producer, Changyu, founded in 1892, recently completed its new winery in Ningxia and named it "Chateau Changyu Moser XV" after Laurenz Maria Moser V. Moser is a counsulting winemaker for the producer, while the company imports his “Singing” Grüner Veltliner (dedicated to his daughter Sophie) into China. Moser is the second Austrian with deep ties to Changyu; viticulturalist August Wilhelm Freiherr von Babo helped found the producer in 1892.  

The 26th Annual Washington State Wine Auction, held August 15–17 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, raised $2 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as for Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program.

On August 24, The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) hosted its 6th annual Harvest STOMP at Trinchero Family Estates’s property in St. Helena. The sold-out “cowboy style” fete hosted 675 guests and raised over $600,000 to continue the NVG’s work to preserve Napa Valley’s vineyards. 

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