Many winemakers like to say that the best wines are made in the vineyards, which is one of the reasons the annual harvest -- the culmination of months' worth of pruning, irrigating and canopy trickery -- is so central to the eventual quality of a wine. With Wine Spectator's coverage of the 2001 Northern Hemisphere harvest, you'll feel like you're looking over the winemaker's shoulder as the grapes come in from the vineyards. (Don't worry, he's too busy to notice).
We'll be updating this section frequently with timely news about weather and picking conditions, as well as our exclusive winemaker diaries, which clue you in to the agony of ill-timed rainy days and the thrill of perfectly ripe grapes picked at just the right moment. And if you want to know exactly how grapes travel from the vine to the bottle, you'll want to explore our harvest glossary and FAQ.
In other words, if you ever plan on drinking a bottle of wine with the number 2001 stamped on it, you won't want to miss our harvest coverage.