Posted: October 21, 2008 By Julien Barrot
Posted by Julien Barrot Six vats of my Domaine la Barroche 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape are fermenting in the cellar, in other words, six babies are in incubators … some are precocious, some take their time, and others don’t miss a beat.
Posted: October 17, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring We totally destem all our fruit before fermenting. Why? It probably comes from my dislike of vegetables, so anything that looks like a vegetable has no business being in our wine.
Posted: October 14, 2008 By Bob Betz
Posted by Bob Betz These are the dog days of harvest, when every inch of the winery, and every ounce and waking moment of every staff member, is consumed with grapes, fermentation, barrels and processing.
Posted: October 13, 2008 By Tim Perr
Posted by Tim Perr This is now my fourth harvest in the wine business, and I still have a problem figuring out what I’m tasting and seeing in barrel this early on. As of today, we have about 100 barrels of wine more or less finished with primary fermentation (where all sugar is turned into alcohol by yeast).
Posted: October 10, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring One of the most important decisions a winemaker has to make is when to pick. In addition to the matter of wine style, there are lots of other issues to consider. Things like weather, vine condition, mold pressure, etc.
Posted: October 10, 2008 By Jean-Charles Cazes
Posted by Jean-Charles Cazes Since we started harvesting our youngest Syrah vines at L'Ostal Cazes (our Languedoc property) on September 17th, the weather has been favorable in Minervois. We were blessed with sunny days and cool nights, which helped produce grapes with ripe tannins, good aromatics and the right level of sugar.
Posted: October 10, 2008 By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer The final harvest day is coming very close—we will be harvesting the last Sangiovese vineyard in Chianti Classico on Monday. We're still enjoying beautiful autumn weather—really a great and stimulating ending of a fascinating year.
Posted: October 10, 2008 By Josh Bergström
Posted by Josh Bergström Twenty nine years ago, I thought I either wanted to be a cowboy or a pirate when I grew up. Fourteen years ago, I thought I would become a brewmaster … until I made my first beer.
Posted: October 9, 2008 By Adam Lee
Posted by Adam Lee I want to express my sympathy in advance for those at Wine Spectator who compile the vintage charts in which they give an overall number rating to each vintage. Unlike 2007, the 2008 vintage will not be a simple vintage to handicap.
Posted: October 9, 2008 By Tina Benitez
Posted: October 8, 2008 By Jeremy Seysses
Posted by Jeremy Seysses Thursday, Oct. 2 Carrying on with the négoce parcels, Lilian's team harvested in Puligny-Montrachet this morning, in the lieu-dit Petites Nosroyes. Meanwhile, Alec began the Gevrey-Chambertin with the Justice and the Champs-Chenys.
Posted: October 7, 2008 By David Whiting
Posted by David Whiting Monday, Oct. 6 Harvest is well on its way in the Finger Lakes. We'll be wrapping up with most of the white varieties this week. Did I mention before that this was an unusual harvest? With the year being unusually warm, as well as having more moisture than is typical for that kind of heat, I was looking forward to the harvest with a quizzical eye.
Posted: October 7, 2008 By Julien Barrot
Posted by Julien Barrot Here we go: Harvest is finished; every grape is now in the cellar! We finished picking the Mourvèdre this past Wednesday. Like the classic line from Droopy the dog, "I'm Happy" (and really ecstatic).
Posted: October 7, 2008 By James Laube
You do the best you can, and then there are forces that are well beyond your control. Today’s thought applies to two scenarios: the global economic turmoil and California’s harvest 2008. No matter how well you’ve planned, or saved, or diversified your interests, it’s been impossible to avoid the current fiscal vortex.
Posted: October 6, 2008 By Jeremy Seysses
Posted by Jeremy Seysses Saturday, Sept. 27 Big day of picking today: the first. I met the harvesters at 8 a.m. for the roll call and was delighted to find that most of them were there. We've had up to a third of our scheduled harvesters end up no-shows some years and it makes for a tricky start when you have that many missing.
Posted: October 2, 2008 By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg Widmer Last Saturday, we completed the 2008 harvest in the Maremma. All the grapes are now in the cellar, and it is a good feeling that nature has little impact anymore—everything lies in our hands now.
Posted: October 1, 2008 By Tim Perr
Posted by Tim Perr I thought it might be fun to take a brief break from talking about harvest decisions and discuss a bit of business. As referenced in my prior blogs, my partners and I have decided to introduce a second label with the 2008 vintage.
Posted: September 30, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring Every year presents its own unique set of challenges. Whether it’s heat spells, rain or frost, it’s always something. This year we’ve seen it all. Starting with one of the worst frosts in California in decades, to the crazy heat spell we saw at the end of August, to the potential for some nasty rain in Oregon, 2008 maybe be one of the weirdest vintages in recent memory.
Posted: September 30, 2008 By Dave Phinney
Posted by Dave Phinney Thank God for fog. We all enjoyed waking up to fog a couple of weeks ago. It was exactly the type of weather we needed. The grapes have enjoyed an extended period of cool to mild temperatures that has realigned the flavors and sugars.
Posted: September 30, 2008 By Josh Bergström
Posted by Josh Bergström For the first time in ten vintages, I have not harvested any fruit in the month of September. Usually our young vines are ready to come in around the week of September 20th. Currently, our ripest fruit is sitting at 22.
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