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Well, fasten your seat belts harvest is a comin. We have had a very cool growing season this year and the fruit is almost two weeks behind "normal" but we'll get there. The berries begin to sweeten and red varieties turn red during a period called veraison (see Wikipedia for more information).
This year we began to see red berries first in Tempranillo (you know the Spanish word for early is temprano) during the week of July 20. Other varieties followed and we were off to the races!
Berry sampling will begin soon and before you know it – HARVEST.
I read recently that a winery in Russian River was making a plea for customers to not only buy local produce but also local wine. They asked how could a wine steward in a California grocery store wear a slow food t-shirt while directing a customer to Pinot noir from southern France (at least the label said Pinot noir).
There is a lot to think about here and some obvious questions are; where is the local border (different place for different products?), should I limit my market to local only (sort of depends on question one, if local is the US then fine), should I buy a fun bottle of Prosecco to celebrate the 4th of July and what kind of wine (peaches too) do you buy in Alaska?
I think this is a pretty important discussion and I would like to get your thoughts.