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Berryessa Gap Vineyards

Mike Anderson
August 11, 2011 | Mike Anderson

View From the Barrel Rack

I noticed the other day that berries on the red varieties had begun to change color (green to red) about one week earlier than last year. This is a significant event (veraison) that signifies the beginning of the ripening period. Sugar is now being rapidly loaded into the grapes. Time to start thinking about fermentations, what I did last time and what to do this time. Some things will change and they will be better. The thought of harvest and change is scary but it brings a feeling of renewal – hey nothing is screwed up yet! With careful attention, caution and caring nothing will be screwed up. That is what we hope to do. Harvest is coming.


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