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Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Cover Crops to the Rescue

With winter rains already starting and more wet weather expected throughout the season, cover crops can help offset overly wet vineyard soils

Posted: December 11, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi talks about using his cover crops to keep down water levels in vineyard soils during the upcoming expected wet winter.

News & Features  :  News

2009 Vintage Report Card: Part 3

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

Posted: December 4, 2009  

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Preparing for a Wet Winter

El Niño conditions are setting up that could mean dealing with excessive rainfall in California after three consecutive dry years

Posted: December 4, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports that the winter forecast is for an El Niño condition, which could cause much more rainfall than the Golden State has seen in the past three years, and will require viticultural adjustments in the vineyards.

News & Features  :  News

2009 Vintage Report Card: Part 2

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

Posted: December 3, 2009  

News & Features  :  News

2009 Vintage Report Card: Part 1

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

Posted: December 2, 2009  

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Heat Is On

Temperatures are approaching freezing in Santa Barbara County, so the heaters are on as malolactic fermentations proceed

Posted: December 1, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi is overseeing the malolactic fermentations of his Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs and more as the temperatures drop.

Nov. 30, 2009 Issue  :  News

Blogging Winemakers Share Harvesttime in Real Time

Posted: November 30, 2009  

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Anticipating Winter's Dormancy

As the temperatures in Santa Barbara County get closer and closer to freezing, the vines prepare to go dormant

Posted: November 23, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports on his Wine Spectator blog that the vines in his Santa Barabara County vineyard are nearing dormancy as winter approaches.

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Fermentations and First Impressions

The 2009 vintage in Bordeaux at Châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly is one to get excited about

Posted: November 16, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek

Wine Spectator guest blogger Alexander Van Beek says that after watching the fermentations at Châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly, the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux could be a great one.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Sweet End of Harvest

The late-harvest Pinot Grigio has finally been picked

Posted: November 13, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports on his Wine Spectator blog that his late-harvest Pinot Grigio has been harvested and his last three barrels of Pinot Noir have been pressed.

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Harvest Slows Down, But the Work Isn't Over Yet

Coping with coffee withdrawal while harvesting Mourvèdre and waiting for late-harvest Pinot Grigio

Posted: November 9, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports that the late-ripening Mourvèdre grapes in Paso Robles have been harvested while he waits for the perfect moment to pick his late-harvest Pinot Grigio.

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Of Halloween and Harvest

Food-and-wine pairing, a lesson in terroir and vampires as night-time picking crew

Posted: October 30, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

I escaped the vineyards and winery and spent the last two days visiting retail and restaurant accounts in Sacramento, the capital of California and a beautiful city. Great food transforms wine, and winemakers make every effort to put their wines into the best restaurants, so I had some great dining experiences there. I left Sacramento late last night and got home early this morning. The nocturnal business of night picking makes unusual schedules and night travel a little easier at this time of year. But maybe it's just that the habits of the vampires on our nighttime picking crew are rubbing off on me?

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The End of Harvest in Montalcino

At Pieve Santa Restituta, the 2009 Montalcino harvest is over

Posted: October 26, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

Gaia Gaja says that the harvest at Pieve Santa Restituta, in Tuscany's Montalcino district, began Sept. 20 and ended Oct. 12--all in all a very fast harvest that resulted in optimal-quality grapes despite some weather concerns leading up to harvest.

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Which Santa Barbara Pinot Vintner Is the Last to Blink?

Brian Loring waits until the last moment to harvest his 2009 Pinot Noir crop

Posted: October 23, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Wine Spectator guest blogger and California winegrower Peter Cargasacchi says that Brian Loring waits until the last moment to harvest his 2009 Pinot Noir crop.

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Night Picking

Harvesting grapes under cover of darkness creates both difficulties and worthwhile advantages

Posted: October 20, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

Why pick at night? Fruit that is undamaged and cold has a much lower potential for the growth of unwanted microorganisms and for oxidation. Simply put, fruit picked at night or in the cool of the morning makes better wine by giving the winemaker control of the fermentation.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Assessing 2009 Now That the Bordeaux Harvest Is Complete

Most of the Bordeaux properties finished the harvest this week, with just a few grapes left to pick here and there

Posted: October 19, 2009  By Alexander Van Beek, Véronique Sanders

Châteaus du Tertre and Giscours finished harvesting this past Tuesday, and Château Haut-Bailly on Wednesday. Now it's time for the end of harvest parties and some early assessments of the vintage, which looks to be fantastic.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Bidding Farewell to the Harvest Moon

After some midweek rains, we were back in the vineyard picking Pinot Noir last night

Posted: October 16, 2009  By Peter Cargasacchi

On Monday, with the remnants of a typhoon in the Pacific heading straight toward us, I picked the slightly more than 1-acre parcel of Pinot Noir I grow for Ken Byron Brown. The rainfall total for Tuesday and Wednesday was 2.75 inches. It was a soaker, with no runoff. A little early and poorly timed for both the Pinot Noir and pastures. However, the rain gave me a little more time to spend with my fermenting wines and develop the calluses on my hands doing punch-downs.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Bolgheri Bounty

Harvesting the red varieties, waiting out the rain and picking Mr. Harvest

Posted: October 15, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

The harvest at Ca'Marcanda, in the Bolgheri area of Tuscany, occurred between Sept. 7 and Oct. 6, starting with our experimental white varieties. On Sept. 18, we finished picking the last of the Syrah but still had all of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese left to harvest. However, it started to rain in Bolgheri and continued for five days, dropping a total of 200 mm (8 inches). The rain worried us and, after the fifth day, we thought we faced real trouble. Yet on the sixth day, as if by plan, the rains stopped, good weather resumed and providential northern winds dried the grapes off, preventing mold and preserving the quality of the crop.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Treasure of Château Haut-Bailly

A video of harvesting the estate's 100-year-old Cabernet

Posted: October 14, 2009  By Véronique Sanders

At Château Haut-Bailly, we have 70 acres of planted vines on one piece of land, and 15 percent of the vines are more than 100 years old! They are a mix of six different grape varieties-seven-twelfths Cabernet Sauvignon. You can see us harvesting them in this video.

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

2009 Should Be Exceptional Throughout Bordeaux

Cabernets show great balance and richness

Posted: October 12, 2009  By Véronique Sanders, Alexander Van Beek

The excitement here in Bordeaux is growing day by day as the Cabernets being brought in also show tremendous potential, like the Merlots, thereby confirming the quality of the vintage. The weather continues to be amazing: Record fall temperatures beat down on Bordeaux! It was 30°C (86°F) on Oct. 6 ... just like in 1929!

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