I've been sitting here for the past hour or longer just looking at some of the photos I took in Paris back in July. The one here reminded me that the 2013 grape harvest is well under way in France. In the French language, there's a special term for harvesting grapes — vendanger is the verb — and the harvesting process is called la vendange, often in the plural when it describes this season of the year: C'est l'époque des vendanges.
According to news reports, the 2013 grape harvest will be smallest one in France since 1991. Weather conditions are to blame. Several regions — parts of the Loire Valley, Burgundy, and Bordeaux included — have seen a significant part of the crop destroyed by hailstorms.
Around Saint-Aignan, the vignerons — grapegrowers/wine producers — have been luckier. The grapes at La Renaudière, for example, are heavy, healthy, sweet, and ripe. Most of them will be harvested this coming week, and the weather is supposed to be warm and sunny. That's good luck.