Sour year for Bulgaria’s 2014 grape crop

It is not, to crush the skins of the famous film, a Good Year for Bulgaria’s grape crop. If anything, for Bulgaria – hit by a series of deluges of rain at the wrong times – 2014 has been a Bad Year.

Largely at fault is the weather – a hostile winter, sodden with late rain, followed by a summer that brought floods in many places for the Balkan country. And with several of those places including Bulgaria’s key wine-producing areas.

Worse, for the consumers, the lovers of wine and Bulgaria’s distilled spirit raikya, the fates of fortunes of the weather and the harvest, the capricious whims of the weather gods will mean higher prices for their favorite tipples.

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