|Harvest buckets not full this year|
"This isn't so much a harvest, as a hunt for grapes," French winemaker Jean-Jacques Robert, 64, told the English-language French publication The Local as he unloaded grapes still warm from his vineyards around Fuisse in Burgundy.
"It's a catastrophe, the worst harvest for 30 or 40 years," said the normally cheery owner of Domaine Robert-Denogent.
Reports The Local, the organic winemaker lost between two-thirds and three-quarters of his harvest in one hailstorm in April. And, he is not alone. For thousands of French winemakers, 2016 will go down as an annus horribilis -- horrible year -- with vines destroyed by frost, heavy rain, hailstones "as big as ping pong balls," mildew and drought near the Mediterranean. "
All that was missing was a plague of frogs," said Robert's son Antoine, whose near century-old Beaujolais vines also were devastated. Go here for the full story.