This year we are experiencing the wettest summer that I can recall. I have never had a wet basement in our 200-year-old farmhouse during the summer months. Just this past week, I had four inches of water down there--thankfully, it is a slate and dirt floor, so the water comes in and goes out without too much of an issue.
The fun of having a “sister estate” is that we get to compare notes. Louis sent me a picture this morning from Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas (Rhône Valley), which was taken with a drone above the Roman chapel (the inspiration for the Saint Cosme label) that is at the top of the vineyards behind the winery. He told me that they are having a hot and dry summer, but the vines seem to be doing okay. The vines have to develop very deep roots in order to survive these hot months in the Rhône. This is quite the opposite of Seneca Lake this summer, where we are handing out snorkels to the vineyard crews.