Spare a thought for Aussie growers
While here in northern Europe we moan about the cold, let's spare a thought for Aussie growers (e.g. blogging Matthew http://barossa-grapegrower.blogspot.com/) who are experiencing a sustained heatwave that looks set to spoil the 2009 vintage for them.
It's comparatively easy writing about wine. The worst that can happen is that you write a bad article, or fail to get a commission you really wanted. And when you assess a wine, you're passing judgement on something that's taken a year or more to nurture by someone at the mercies of the seasonal conditions. This calls for a spattering of humility.