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Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Harvest Shifts into High Gear

With the season running weeks behind, last week’s heat takes the pressure off winemakers

Posted: September 28, 2011  By Tim Fish

Last week’s heat wave jumpstarted the harvest in California, much to the relief of growers and winemakers. Temperatures were in the mid-90s all week, one of the rare extended blasts of heat all summer.

But the sigh of relief was short-lived. A major rainstorm is predicted for early next week. Still, knowing that forecasts change quickly in California, winemakers remain optimistic.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California's Grapes Are Late to the Table (Again)

The long, cool 2011 growing season means California grapegrowers in cooler wine regions could still be harvesting in late October and beyond

Posted: September 26, 2011  By James Laube

Two weeks ago I noticed that it was getting dark early, earlier than I expected. When I mentioned it to friends in passing, they too felt the same way. Summer didn’t make its usual presence felt. We had a summer all right, but what made it so different was that it never got hot.

Harvest is slowly shifting into gear in California. It’s a late year all around and harvest reports indicate the crop is good yet spotty in size. A damp, wet spring extended into summer. Some vines had a very uneven set; some vineyards were so hard hit they won’t produce much fruit. Summer was cool.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

You Call This a Harvest?

Crush in California is a whole lot of nothing so far as winemakers play waiting game

Posted: September 14, 2011  By Tim Fish

California winemakers don't usually have time to talk this time of the year, but this week they're chatty. The 2011 harvest is more or less underway. Sort of. Let's just say that grapes have been picked, a few anyway, mostly whites and for sparkling wine.

Yep, the season is running late again this year, and while the size of the crop is generally small, winemakers aren't complaining.

News & Features  :  News

Hail Pounds Bordeaux and the Mosel

Storms inflict some damage on Cos-d'Estournel, Lafite Rothschild and Dr. Loosen just before harvest

Posted: September 7, 2011  By Suzanne Mustacich, Bruce Sanderson

Learn Wine  :  Wine Basics

Harvest 101: The Basics of Crush Season

Learn what goes on in the vineyard and winery during each stage of the annual harvest for wine grapes

Posted: August 31, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell, Robert Taylor

Aug. 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

The 2011 Vintage: Down South

Posted: August 31, 2011  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, James Molesworth, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  News

Nature Throws Vintners a Changeup

Cold California and Sunny Bordeaux? As harvest approaches, nerves are frayed

Posted: August 29, 2011  By Augustus Weed, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 3

A first look at vintage quality in South Africa, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 3, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 2

A first look at vintage quality in Argentina and Chile, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 2, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

2011 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Part 1

A first look at vintage quality in Australia and New Zealand, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 1, 2011  

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2011 Issue  :  News

2010 Vintage Report

Posted: February 28, 2011  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Harvest Mishaps

Posted: December 15, 2010  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: Europe

A first look at vintage quality in European wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 19, 2010  

News & Features  :  Tasting Reports

2010 Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives

A blind tasting of France's first wines of 2010 reveals a solid vintage

Posted: November 18, 2010  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: France

A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 18, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

2010 Vintage Report: United States

A first look at vintage quality in U.S. wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: November 17, 2010  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Soggy Weekend In Wine Country

Vintners raced to beat a big, wet storm

Posted: October 25, 2010  By James Laube

A powerful storm drenched Northern California over the weekend, putting an exclamation point on a very strange harvest.

Winemakers worked frantically last week to harvest as many grapes as possible in anticipation of the weekend rain, and rain it did, sometimes quite heavily. More than 2 inches fell in Napa, and closer to 3 in areas such as Mendocino and Sonoma, which are closer to the ocean.

Those who beat the storm are excited about quality. For many winemakers who didn't, there is little to do but wait and hope.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What are the ideal weather conditions for Cabernet and Pinot Noir?

Posted: October 22, 2010  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Last-Minute Push for California Vintners

Harvest 2010 is late and mixed, but finally winding down

Posted: October 21, 2010  By James Laube

The San Francisco Giants playoff run has been a pleasant distraction for many Northern California vintners, watching the skies, weather forecasts and waiting for their grapes to ripen. The Giants are still battling for a shot at the World Series, and vintners are rushing to bring in tons of grapes. And as with pitching, the key to quality is location with the 2010 harvest.

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Harvest Q&A: Rituals, Traditions and Superstitions

From wearing the same clothes to throwing a glass of Champagne in the tank to end-of-harvest parties, winemakers share their secrets about crush

Posted: October 15, 2010  By Wine Spectator staff

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