As I write this Virginia vineyards are at the midpoint of harvest (also known as Crush 2012). Most of the white wines are in or almost in and the early reds have started to come in for vineyards located in the warmer areas. In addition to the sleep deprivation, the plum stained hands, the fruit flies and yellow jackets, harvest can be a time of discovery and disappointment.
Vintners may find their hearty crop was damaged by a late night bear visit or that the green harvesting (dropping of under ripe fruit prior to harvest) was worth the effort as the lower yield resulted in an increase in fruit quality.
If you head out to the wineries for a fall visit, please be gentle on the wine makers, cellar rats and harvest crews. Their work involves long hard hours to produce award worthy wines.
Thank you for being a member of the Virginia Wine Club. As always, thank you for allowing me to join you on your wine journey.
Editor, Virginia Wine Journal
Chair, VA Wine Club Tasting Panel