Posted: September 9, 2008 By James Laube
Last week’s heat wave-induced grape picking frenzy seems like a distant memory now that temperatures in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino dipped back into the tolerable range over the weekend. This morning it was downright chilly, and the trees and their yellowing leaves are signaling the onset of fall.
Posted: September 9, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted: September 9, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring You can pick your friends, and you can pick your vineyards, though you can't pick your friends’ vineyards—but it turns out you CAN pick with your friends’ bins! And you can also borrow your friend’s intros.
Posted: September 8, 2008 By Adam Lee
Posted by Adam Lee I was fascinated to read James Laube’s blog this week, Chime in On What’s Overripe , and the subsequent comments by readers and a couple of winemakers alike. From my point of view, the timing couldn’t be more perfect as I think ripeness (and overripeness) begins in the vineyard, and that’s where Dianna and I are spending a good bit of our time right now.
Posted: September 4, 2008 By James Laube
The wait card for harvest 2008 has been pulled out of the deck for many winemakers. Hot weather the past few days in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, with forecasts yet of more to come, has taken away winemakers’ option of waiting to see which way the weather will break and whether to let the grapes hang, in hopes of milder weather, or pick.
Posted: September 4, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring Since this is our 10th harvest at Loring Wine Company, my sister, Kimberly, and I were recently reminiscing about the past. So many amazing things have happened during that time–things that dreams are made of.
Posted: September 3, 2008 By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer The weather in Tuscany is absolutely perfect for the time being–during the day, we enjoy highs of 86 degrees F, and at night the temperatures decrease to below 68 degrees F.
Posted: September 3, 2008 By James Suckling
I have been in Bordeaux since Saturday doing retrospective tastings of 1988 and 1998 – 20 years and 10 years after harvest, respectively. It’s been a fascinating few days. Both vintages are excellent but for completely different reasons.
Posted: September 2, 2008 By Adam Lee
Posted by Adam Lee You can pick your friends, and you can pick your vineyards, but you can’t pick your friends’ vineyards. Deciding when to pick is one of the more personal decisions that we make as winemakers.
Posted: August 28, 2008 By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer
Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer So far, 2008 has been one of a kind. The always long awaited rainfall in winter did not end until spring. That's rare enough in Tuscany, but in the Maremma it is rather exceptional.
Posted: August 27, 2008 By Brian Loring
Posted by Brian Loring I’m lucky to work in an industry where I don’t have to do the same thing all year long. In my previous life as a software engineer, every day was pretty much the same: Go to work, sit in a cubicle and write software.
Posted: August 27, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: August 26, 2008 By Adam Lee
Posted by Adam Lee My mother-in-law is a bit of a pack rat. In fact, my father-in-law says that, when they die, we should check all of the books in the house before throwing anything out because he swears there’s money hidden in them.
Posted: August 26, 2008
Welcome to Wine Spectator 's 2008 Northern Hemisphere harvest blog. A group of winemakers from some of the world's major wine regions--California, Oregon, Washington, New York, France and Italy--have generously agreed to blog about their experiences during their busiest time of year and answer your questions about crush.
Posted: August 22, 2008 By Bruce Sanderson
Posted: August 14, 2008 By Jenna Hudson
Posted: August 8, 2008 By James Laube
Martha McClellan Levy talked yesterday about the loose clusters and small berries in the Levy & McClellan vineyard in Napa Valley. Then she showed one of the challenges facing winegrowers this year: uneven ripening and how some clusters still have green, immature or underripe berries among riper ones, and those need to be removed.
Posted: July 31, 2008
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Posted: May 27, 2008
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