The Top 10 Wine Stories of 2016
1. Weird Weather Worldwide
Climate change continues to affect the wine world in a major, primarily negative way. This year saw hailstorms across France, drought in California, El Niño in South America’s major wine regions and devastating late spring frosts in Austria, to name a few. While always unpredictable, wine farming this year was an unusually wild ride, with low yields, wacky weather patterns and unpredictable temperature fluctuations.
2. Continued Expansion and Acquisition
Continued expansion in America at the producer level, whether via real-estate acquisition (Jackson Family Wines in Oregon) or by brand acquisition (Constellation Brands buying Charles Smith Wines,