2021 Harvest Reports From France and Italy
A Dispatch of 2021 Harvest Reports from Europe.
<p>Well, 2021 really was quite the year... </p> <p>In addition to the ongoing struggles of the pandemic affecting us all, 2021 was the worst year on record for French wine quantity-wise since they've started recording it (I'm not sure if that's true but someone told me that and it certainly feels that way) and Italy suffered from severe heat waves and drought. Not to mention the loss of our friends François Pinon and Olivier Lemasson but also Pascal Clairet and Dominique Belluard, two vignerons we admired greatly...</p> <p>While the great 2020 vintage served as a silver-lining of sorts in our first year living through COVID, 2021 is a harsh reality check. A lucky few remained unscathed, but the reports are rough. As always, we greatly admire all the vignerons and vigneronnes for their tireless efforts and resilience in such daunting circumstances.</p> <p><a href="https://louisdressner.com/harvest-reports?&ArticleSearch[year]=2021&ArticleSearch[country_id]=&ArticleSearch[producer_id]=">Please read their stories in the Harvest Reports section, 35 entries in all. </a></p>
How does The New Website Work?
This is very exciting stuff!
<p><u><strong>Desktop vs Mobile:</strong></u></p> <p>We know it's 2020 and people use their phones a lot. So we've worked hard on ensuring the site functions well on mobile (especially compared to what it once was). Having said that, desktop is the recommended way of perusing the site.</p> <p><u><strong>Glossary:</strong></u></p> <p>At its core, this has always been a website written for wine professionals *attempting* to glean information on the wines we import (and hopefully see a picture of the vigneron's dog). Since the language can be so technical, we've added an <glossary term="glossary" title="1427">interactive glossary</glossary> to the text for those unfamiliar with the baffllingly complex world of wine terminology. Even if you're a seasoned pro, it will frankly teach you a thing or two. And if you'd rather read the content without the glossary, simply head to the main menu bar and turn it off. </p> <p> <u><strong>Our Wines Section: </strong></u></p> <p>In the new "Our Wines" section, we've offered a variety of filter categories for you to explore and discover all the cuvées we import. These filters can be combined together to narrow down results. If you hit a wall, simply erase one of the filters or clear all filters. </p> <p><u><strong>Actual Information About the Wines:</strong></u></p> <p>Speaking of the wines, the number one complaint we would get from customers was the lack of technical information on the wines themselves. It's not a coincidence that we spend the vast majority of our energy focusing on the people behind the wines and their dogs; it's what we dig about what we do.</p> <p>Having said that, 95% of the wines we import now have EXTREMELY detailed technical information, dare I say the most technical anywhere on the internet. Please enjoy now while they are up to date, knowing that half of these will probably be totally wrong by next vintage. </p> <p><u><strong>Search:</strong></u></p> <p>If you know what producer or wine you are searching for, the search should quickly autofill what you need. Go ahead, give it a whirl.</p> <p><strong><u>Hyperlinks:</u></strong></p> <p>Everything on the website has a hyperlink now. This means you can easily share a specific producer page, article, wine or filter combination with anyone. </p> <p><u><strong>Copy/Paste:</strong></u></p> <p>If you need to copy/paste anything, the glossary needs to be turned off for the text to paste correctly. Also, if you are going to straight up use our writing verbatim, PLEASE credit us when doing so. Seems obvious but we see it happen all the time. </p> <p><u><strong>A Shit-Ton of Written Content:</strong></u></p> <p>The articles themselves can often be very long, and for this reason we developed a Propriety Pop Up System™ where you can easily scroll through various articles/wines and "pop out" to efficiently look at the rest of the content.</p> <p>We've tried our best to pack as many dog pictures as possible in there, but the digital ink has been spilled: the cumulation of decades' worth of writings from Joe, Denyse, Kevin and Jules is here for you to read. A huge part of the work with this new website was to find better ways to condense and extract essential information you need without getting lost in all that BORING text. </p> <p>We still think you should check it out. Don't worry, there are plenty of pictures. And you might even find the writing interesting. Or funny. Or both. </p>