Home / Wine / 10 Things About Harvest 2015 That No Winemaker Said, Ever

10 Things About Harvest 2015 That No Winemaker Said, Ever

It takes a lot of good beer to make good wine. Harvest 2015 was no exception.

It takes a lot of good beer to make good wine. Harvest 2015 was no exception.

He who laughs last, laughs best, right?  Well, in this case it was our boss, Mother Nature who got in the last rib-ticklers as we finish a record early (and quite light) harvest here on the California Coast.  From Santa Barbara County to the shores of the Russian River, she served us up quite a mixed bag.  Though the dust is still settling (and the last tanks still just starting to ferment), there are some things we are sure of.  We know, for instance, that there are ten things about Harvest 2015 that no Winemaker said.  Ever.

 

 

To Wit:

 

-(To local taco truck driver)-“It’s a slow start this year- don’t even worry about putting us on your rounds until September 15.”

 

-(To Assistant Winemaker)- “We don’t need to work a Sunday shift to start pressing tanks out.  This Cabernet never gets ripe before the Chardonnay.”

 

-(To Grower Relations rep)- “I’m not interested in tasting anything unless it’s at least 25.0 Brix- I’ll come out and check on the Pinot in about two weeks.”

 

-(To Night Shift Supervisor)-“Go ahead and schedule tank 5A for a two-week extended maceration- we probably won’t need that tank for a while.”

 

Growers were stretched-literally- as they ranged across many acres to bring in just a few tons.

Growers were stretched-literally- as they ranged across many acres to bring in just a few tons.

-(To Farming Company Scheduler)-“Can I schedule in four Cabernet deliveries off of five separate blocks for tomorrow morning?  There should be plenty of tucks available and you’re not busy, right?”

 

-(To winery owner)- “My estimates indicate we’ll have more than enough tons for our reserve Pinot Noir program.”

 

-(To key regional distributor team)- “Sure, come on out for a vineyard tour  with your folks on October 1.  I won’t even be started picking Cabernet by and there’ll still be plenty of Pinot left on the vine for you to taste.”

 

-(To national sales reps)- “There’s no way we’ll be done pressing before Thanksgiving- I just can’t come out to the East Coast until early December.”

 

-(To Cellarmaster)- “Are you sure we don’t have a bigger tank?  I think these trucks are going to come in heavy.”

 

Alison Crowe is the Director of Winemaking for Plata Wine Partners and makes Garnet Vineyards, Picket Fence Vineyards as well as the popular “Buccaneer” wines (in addition to other projects).  She lives in Napa but works with fruit from all over California’s coastal winegrowing regions.  She is the author of the WineMaker’s Answer Book and is always amused how each Harvest is something different!

Email:  ancrowe@hotmail.com  @AlisonCroweWine

 

The post 10 Things About Harvest 2015 That No Winemaker Said, Ever appeared first on Girl and The Grape.

Click Here For Original Source Of The Article

Ads by WOW Trk

About Bob Lucas-Clark

Bob Lucas-Clark
I have transitioned from a successful corporate marketing career to starting a successful online business. My focus is helping people start their own online businesses. At the same time I am thrilled to have my own blog about one of my true passions: Cooking, Food & Wine. Enjoy my blog and thank you for stopping by.

Check Also

Give a Happy Thanksgiving to Wine Country Fire Survivors

It’s been exactly a month since the Wine Country/North Bay Wildfires were raging at their height across much of Northern California.  Since then, Harvest has ended, the air has cleared, schools and roads are open once again and life is […]

The post Give a Happy Thanksgiving to Wine Country Fire Survivors appeared first on Girl and The Grape.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

css.php