Speaking of harvest, last week I was all over Central Virginia looking at vineyards. The growing season is really on us and the summer’s heat is on the way just in the nick of time for the grapes. Winemakers love a long dry summer with cooler evenings as this is the optimum conditions for developing fruit character and maturity.
Speaking with an Albemarle County vintner last week, he was bemoaning the exceedingly wet conditions that were Harvest 2011. He indicated they would not be producing a ’11 Cabernet Franc because his fruit was not up to their quality demands. Instead that fruit will be going into a lighter bodied Red table wine.
The saying in the Virginia wine industry is that “Every year is the same – it’s different”.
The industry, and our club, continues to grow in number and complexity. I would be remiss if I did not remind you about the gift of the Virginia Wine Club. If you are ever searching for a last minute gift that is guaranteed to be appreciated, just log onto the website and you can have the present before you can finish a glass of Virginia Chardonnay.
Wherever your travels take you this summer, bring a little Virginia Wine along. I am amazed at how many people don’t yet know the great things Virginia is doing with wine these days.
As always, thank you for including me on your Virginia wine journey.
Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor & Chairman Virginia Wine of the Month Club Tasting Panel