Vintage Watch VII

Watching the weather as harvest begins


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Vintage Watch VII As we pass into these last weeks of August we find ourselves facing the start of harvest throughout the northern hemisphere. While we tend to think of September and October as the months of harvest, in many regions early varieties, particular whites and grapes destined for sparkling wine production, typically start coming in during the coming two weeks.

This year is in a way a tale of two stories. In Europe the season got off to a late start and the early months of summer did little to speed things up. Many regions are facing late harvests this year with even the earliest ripening varieties still weeks away from being ready. In contrast the west coast of the USA has had a fine growing season that set the stage for an early harvest, with grapes for sparkling and rose production already having been harvested as early as the first week of August. While the early summer months are vital for the proper development of the flavor and aromatic precursors that make wine so delicious, these coming week during harvest will ultimately determine who will be making good wine and who will have the chance to make great wine!

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