Wine – “Early Harvest” Pullout

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“Doublethink is the acceptance of or mental capacity to accept contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.”

George Orwell, from “1984







July 12, 2017 – Milder than usual winter temperatures saw Kuhlken Vineyards awakening and bud breaking earlier than what is normally expected, with its two blocks of Tempranillo well on their way through verasion and Grenache not far behind.

“We are expecting to harvest Tempranillo in mid-July, which is about two weeks ahead of schedule,” said Joanna Wilczoch, Pedernales Cellars vineyard manager. “Our yield will be relatively low to maintain high quality fruit. We are hopeful with weather conditions remaining favorable, we will have another excellent crop this season.




August 18, 2017 – Sonoma Valley: With harvest still weeks away in the Sonoma Valley AVA, all blocks are at least 50% into veraison or well on their way to finishing.  Taylor Serres, of Serres Ranch, reports there was a late start to the season in Sonoma Valley due to the long winter which did leave ample moisture in the soil and paid dividends throughout the growing season.

Russian River: We are looking forward to a nice harvest. Overall, the vines weathered the year’s climate extremes very well and everything is shaping up to be a high-quality vintage.

Dry Creek Valley: Vine vigor continues to be the largest issue which is made more problematic for some growers due to the lack of labor.




August 24, 2017 – Italy – The strangest vintage on record? Harvest 2017 is full of surprises (and it’s only just begun)

Notice anything strange?

Nothing at all, except… The grapes in the first two glasses were picked 20 days earlier than usual and the grapes in the last glass were picked 40 days earlier.

How can the grapes be so ripe?

 Beats me. But they are totally ripe.

 I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes.

But the flavors are great and there is no trace of bell pepper or jam.

This harvest will make for excellent wines even though, theoretically, none of this should be possible.



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