Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

Global Wine Prices May Increase Due to Extreme Weather Occurrences

minds when it comes to ensuring quality and quantity of their grapes come harvest time. Extreme weather events always take a toll on a vineyard if exposed for too long to extreme temperatures— high or low.

This year’s weather occurrences around the world have been especially rough to the top wine regions causing grapes to either dehydrate, shrivel, become tainted with smoke, ripe ahead of schedule or decrease in quality, not to mention shrink the quantity of grapes worth harvesting.

“In Napa and Sonoma, the excessive heat didn’t affect grapes for sparkling wines or whites harvested earlier in August. But cabernet is in the crosshairs,” reported “Bloomberg.”

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Northwest Wineries Look to Incorporate Culinary Options into Hospitality Programs

Northwest Wineries Look to Incorporate Culinary Options into Hospitality Programs

By Kaitlin Ohlinger, Foodable Contributor

Oregon’s wine country is booming. With the 2012 vintage came a deluge of press, and in turn, wine tourism is up. In July of this year, USA Today published an article declaring that Oregon had matured into a world-class food and wine destination. Oregon’s little secret was out. So… what comes next?

Hospitality Shift

In no way was Oregon failing at hospitality prior to its moment in the national spotlight; quite to the contrary. The Willamette Valley offers laid back, friendly surroundings complete with hospitality professionals who truly love their area, and it shows. But with increased exposure, a shift inevitably occurs in what visitors are looking for. Those that want a wine vacation in Oregon are seeking the experience. Yes, they love the wine and if we’re lucky, they want to know about soil types and a host of other fascinating facts about Willamette’s microclimates. But the experience they have takes the center stage; not necessarily a negative. Then the question becomes: how does a winery elevate the guest experience?

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