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Ripeness 101

Knowing when grapes are ripe depends on science, experience and a little luck
Liza Gross
Issue: April 30, 2012

Ask a dozen winemakers how they know their grapes are ripe enough to harvest and chances are you'll get a dozen different answers. Everyone agrees that high quality wine starts with properly ripened fruit. Yet the definition of ripeness remains notoriously elusive. Wine Spectator's Liza Gross explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 27, 2012.

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