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Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Starting Off Hot

Posted: September 12, 2008  By Dave Phinney

Posted by Dave Phinney Well, it started off with a bang! An extended period of heat here in California got things ripe quickly. The Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from Tofanelli Vineyard in Napa Valley, for Orin Swift's Veladora bottling, are in and look great.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Picking, Sorting and Trucking

Posted: September 12, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring My sister Kimberly and I love to be at vineyards when our fruit is being picked. Many mornings start off foggy, and then give way to a beautiful sunrise. Since we don’t own any vineyards, being able to spend that time in the vineyard gives us the connection to the site that we don’t get the rest of the year.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Ball Starts Rolling in Châteauneuf

Posted: September 11, 2008  By Jean-Charles Cazes

Posted by Jean-Charles Cazes The harvest has slowly started in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where, since 2006, we have owned the 67 acres of Domaine des Sénéchaux. We bought the estate from Monsieur Pascal Roux, who had started to restructure the vineyard in 1993 and equipped the winery with state-of-the-art equipment.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

An Early Look at 2008 in the Rhône

Posted: September 11, 2008  By James Molesworth

I've been checking in with a few producers in the Rhône as they gear up for their 2008 harvest. The growing season (which I'll report on more once the harvest is complete) has been tricky in both the north and south, with spring rains and humidity that led to difficult flowering, lower yields, and tougher disease pressures in the vineyards.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Oregon's 2008 Vintage Conditions May Push the Envelope, Again

Posted: September 10, 2008  By Josh Bergström

Posted by Josh Bergström As I traveled up California’s Highway 101 through Santa Rosa last week, I couldn’t help but notice all of the deeply colored fruit hanging on tired vines, the picking bins stacked in vineyard rows and the harvest trucks with juicy payloads cruising back and forth between busy wineries.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Patience Rewarded as Pace Slows for 2008

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.

Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

2008 Harvest

Posted: September 9, 2008  By Brian Loring

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Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Mi Bins Es Su Bins

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

The Safeway Approach to Determining Ripeness

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Heat Is On For Harvest 2008

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Fond Memories and Childhood Traumas

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Nervous Days and Cool Nights in Tuscany

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Fingers Crossed in Bordeaux and Domaine de Chevalier

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Why You Can't Pick Anyone Else's Vineyards

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Deciding When to Pick in Tuscany

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Winemaking Seasons

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.

News & Features  :  News

Montalcino Vineyards Damaged by Hail on Cusp of Harvest

Castello Banfi is among Brunello producers to suffer losses in freak pre-harvest hailstorm

Posted: August 27, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Why I Don't Freak Out (That Much) Anymore at Harvest

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.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Kicking Off the 2008 Crush

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.

News & Features  :  News

Hail Strikes Vineyards in Beaujolais and Mâconnais

Beaujolais' top Cru appellations may be hardest hit by early August storm

Posted: August 22, 2008  By Bruce Sanderson

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