No doubt, the last few years have been good in wine country with increasing wine grape and real estate prices. While things are still good in wine country, there have been some changes in the market over the last six months.... Read more
Looks like rain, maybe
Napa and Sonoma wine country, California for that matter, has been waiting for an end to this four year dry spell. With storm clouds on the horizon we wait for the first deluge, or at least a sprinkle. With news of flash floods in Southern California and sporadic torrential downpours in the Sierras it can only be a matter of time.
With bullish forecasts and weather patterns starting to shift to a more fall like scenario we should see increased chances of precipitation. Add to that the juiced up El Nino warming of the equitorial Pacific and we can expect to see above average rainfall. After several years of eerily pleasant dry winters… even if we had what is considered a “normal” rainfall year, most people would think the floodgates have opened. For those who have become accustomed to the last few years… I am cautiously optimistic they are about to be reminded that rain in Northern California is not uncommon, and that is usually rains a lot. The show is set to get started towards the middle – later part of December. We shall see, and it shall be interesting.