Posted: September 23, 2014 By James Laube
With rain in the forecast for Northern California in the next few days, the harvest will accelerate in many quarters. No one expects the rain to cause much concern. But grapes close to full ripeness and susceptible to rain, such as Pinot Noir, will be best harvested sooner than later. No one wants to slosh through another year like 2011.
Posted: August 20, 2014 By Tim Fish
Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish gets an update on California's 2014 harvest, now well under way.
Posted: May 23, 2014 By James Molesworth
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Posted: October 8, 2013 By James Laube
Before I made wine, I picked grapes.
Yesterday I relived my first harvest as I watched a crew pick a Pinot Noir vineyard in Carneros. The first time I picked grapes was in 1979, when I joined a team harvesting Pinot Noir at Winery Lake Vineyard, not far from where I watched yesterday morning's harvest.
Posted: October 7, 2013 By James Laube
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Posted: September 27, 2013 By Bruce Sanderson
On Sept. 24, the prefecture of the Côte d'Or passed a bylaw allowing growers in Burgundy who were affected by the July 23 hailstorm to purchase grapes or must from the 2013 harvest to make up for the loss of their crop.
Posted: September 20, 2013 By James Laube
Too early and too much.
These are but two thoughts on the minds of many California vintners as harvest accelerates during what has been a largely uneventful season. Heat spikes haven't been a big issue; rain isn't expected to be a concern. The immediate weather forecast for the North Coast calls for milder temperatures over the next week, which will be a plus. All of that seemingly good news means vintners may be dealing with more than they bargained for.
Posted: September 11, 2013 By Tim Fish
There’s a dusty book someplace that lists the California harvests that ran earlier than 2013, but I can’t recall many in the 24 years I’ve lived here. Consider this. Hanzell Vineyards, known for great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, finished its harvest in Sonoma Valley a week before Labor Day.
That’s on the outskirts of the norm but it does show how fast things are moving. The growing season rain early all year and there’s been plenty of sun throughout summer. Warm temperatures to start the month moved things along even faster.
Posted: September 9, 2013 By James Laube
Posted: August 31, 2013 By Suzanne Mustacich
Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While grapes are growing plump in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage.
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