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Extreme weather hurting global wine production

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    Cheryl Santa Maria
    Digital Reporter

    Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:52 PM -

    The past few months have been tough on wine producers.

    In the summer of 2013, three wine-producing regions were destroyed by massive hail pellets, putting a huge dent in global wine inventory.

    Some winemakers lost up to 90 percent of their crops.

    The start of the new year hasn't offered much hope: California is in the midst of one of its worst droughts on record and in Australia, extreme heat has prevented vines from ripening.
    Here in Canada, the recent polar vortex has made it colder than usual in the Niagara region, which can spell trouble for some wine varieties like merlot, sauvignon blanc and syrah, which can start to under-produce with the temperature hovers near the -20 mark.

    But it isn't all doom and gloom. 

    The cold winter season has been good news for Niagara's ice wine producers, who rely on chilly temps to create their "liquid gold".

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