From Grapes to Glass: Life Cycle of a Wine Grape

FROM GRAPES TO GLASS THE LIFE CYCLE OF A WINE GRAPE BUD BREAK The first tender buds of the growing season emerge from the dormant vine during bud break in spring. FLOWERING After about a month of growth, a vine will develop bunches of tiny flowers. Each flower has the potential to form a single […]

The Big Crush: Wet winter leads to a fruitful harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS remarkably normal compared with past years, a relief to growers who have been suffering from the prolonged drought. Mother Nature delivered a wet winter and warm summer. Deploying well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vineyard, harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) […]

Harvest is “definitely here” at Sierra Foothill wineries

The harvest is underway at Sierra Foothill wineries, with signs that yields may be average to high with good quality, we’re happy to report. Harvest at Naggiar began in the middle of the night on Thursday with its Viognier from block 16, the Grass Valley winery reported. “So starting under the lights at 3 a.m. […]