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2017 - a good vintage? t


he British are renowned for talking about the weather at every


opportunity, if only as part of a polite greeting. But it seems we have little to complain about when so many parts of the world are experiencing extreme weather conditions which devastate lives and livelihoods.


With the 2017 grape harvest well underway the wine community is quick to comment on the year’s weather. it has been a particularly complicated growing season in Europe, notably in France & italy, with late frosts in April, extreme temperatures in mid-summer and hailstorms in August.


Encouraged by a mild March the vine shoots and buds emerged early, only to be decimated weeks later by widespread frosts. Despite the desperate efforts of vineyard managers, lighting fires between the vines to keep temperatures from dipping further, many hectares were lost. the result has been that yields are reportedly down in many areas by as much as 30% in France and 25% in italy compared to last year. Burgundy, however, seems to be delivering a plentiful crop.


FoRTHCoMING WINe eVeNTS – SUNDAY 23RD


DaRTMoUTH FooD FeSTIVal: FRIDAY 20TH


OCTOBER


Visit us at our stand at the FOOD FEstiVAL. We will be in Royal Avenue Gardens alongside Dartmouth Fine Foods, selling our delicious wines with their fabulous food. this is our first time at the Food Festival so do come and see what great wines we have on offer.


FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER - SHERRY TASTING


WORKSHOP AT BROWN’S HOTEL Our supplier tim holt from Barbadillo will be presenting a sherry tasting with the wine writer suzy Atkins that will really get you wanting to try more. Book your place at dartmouthfoodfestival.com.


in south America where grapes were harvested in April/May, yields were down due to extreme heat, drought and wildfires but most southern hemisphere producers agree that 2017 will be remembered for excellent ripeness and impressive concentration.


What does this mean to the wine lover? it is too early to say yet but the 2017 harvest in Europe, also with tiny yields and glorious ripeness, could potentially rival some of the greatest vintages of the 20th


century.


Nothing is certain until the wine begins to show its paces in the spring but, as night follows day, low yields and high quality mean price rises. the challenge for independent wine merchants like ourselves, who are not restricted to wines


only available in large volumes, is to find good value even if it means that we have to go to lesser-known vineyards. those who do choose to fork out a little more on wine from the classic regions can, in due course, expect to be rewarded with a vintage displaying character and excellent quality.


FRee WINe TaSTINGS aT oUR CellaR Corks out 11.30-3.00pm sAtuRDAY 18TH


& suNDAY 19TH


NOVEMBER


these are days when you can just pop in to sample a selection of our wines. the cellar is a great place to try wines and we will be on hand should you need help.


TUToReD TaSTING – WINeS FoR CHRISTMaS Friday 24th


& saturday 25th November 7.00pm


David Courtney-Clack, recently retired from Awin Barratt siegel, will be choosing wines for Christmas. this is guaranteed to be a lively evening tasting wines you will definitely want on your Christmas list. the session in the cellar will be followed by a hot supper and time for plenty of wine chat. £25.00 per person. Email us to book your places.


Don’t forget we are open daily for you to buy wines and will deliver FREE of charge in the south hams. Keep up to date with all our events by joining our mailing list - just email us your details.


Wine Merchants and Shippers


Riversbridge, Embridge, Nr Stoke Fleming TQ6 0LG. 01803 770737 wines@michaelsuttonscellar.co.uk www.michaelsuttonscellar.co.uk


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