Posted: September 17, 2008 By James Suckling
I was a winemaker for a few days. I am not sure what I helped make will be vinegar or Château Rayas, but I hung out at a winery for a few days last week crushing, fermenting and pressing grapes. And it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Posted: September 16, 2008 By Josh Bergström
Posted by Josh Bergström Pinot Noir follows an interesting curve when it is sitting on the vine, ripening. The ultimate goal of hang time is, of course, perfection—which, in my mind, means balanced flavors and structure, as well as purity of fruit.
Posted: September 16, 2008 By James Molesworth
The Rhône Valley isn’t the only major wine region having a tough go of it in 2008. The Loire Valley is also struggling as they prepare for their harvest. Following a growing season that was marked by extremes, from a severe frost in Muscadet in April to a nasty hailstorm in Sancerre in June , growers are now dealing with the effects of cool, gray days and persistent rain.
Posted: September 15, 2008 By Adam Lee
Posted by Adam Lee In case you haven’t been following along, Harvey Steiman, James Laube and I have been talking about ripeness in some of our recent blog posts. Jim started the discussion by talking about how ripeness shows itself in a number of different wines.
Posted: September 12, 2008 By Tim Perr
Posted by Tim Perr Our 2008 harvest is already underway. Most of our Pinot Noir from Sonoma and Monterey counties (about 27 tons) has been crushed in the last few days and is presently undergoing cold soak—a process whereby the crushed grapes and their juice soak at low temperatures in order to extract flavor and color prior to the beginning of fermentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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