Vintage Watch XI
With harvest in high gear everybody's hoping for cool nights, and sunny days
Vintage Watch XI With summer fading into a memory, more quickly in some places than others, grape growers and winemakers are all in the midst of harvest. As the grapes reach peak maturity, which of course means different things to different people, growers do tend to look forward to the same sorts of weather. Cool nights to help preserve the grape's acidity and warm, sunny but not hot days so that the maturation arc of the grapes is slow and steady, affording the growers longer hang times, staggered picking between varieties or regions, and a longer window in which to actually harvest the fruit at that peak stage of maturity. And of course no one wants rain, so let's take a look and see who is relaxing this week and who might be rushing out to get fruit in ASAP.