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Harvest Peaks as Autumn Begins

The grape harvest is reaching its peak in California and many vintners and growers are now well passed the halfway mark for bringing in the 2014 wine grape crop. Mother Nature also brought us a taste of autumn weather in the form of a little light rain and cooler temperatures in northern California, which will slow the process ever so slightly before picking begins again in earnest in the final days of this year’s harvest.

Vintners and growers continue to comment on the early, abundant and high-quality nature of this year’s crop. Plans are underway for Thanksgiving celebrations that most in the wine industry don’t get to enjoy because it’s normally such a busy time. It looks like we may have the opportunity to give thanks for some time off around the holidays this year due to the early harvest. 

2014 Harvest Is On!

California Grape Harvest 2014

AThe first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.

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The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, just two days earlier than the start of last year’s wine grape harvest. Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row.

 

Suggested Wineries
Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Rotta Winery
Founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, it is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Visit us and taste our great Zinfandel.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
Jada Vineyard & Winery
Visit our west side Paso Robles winery amidst the vineyards and oaks. We produce Jersey Girl Syrah, a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petite Verdot fruit, a non-traditional Rhone blend with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot and a 100% Syrah.
Veris Cellars
Paso Robles - Try our 100 percent estate grown wines; blending the subtle differences of east and west side Paso Robles grapes. The wines are fruit forward with soft tannins and are a good value. Visit our country casual farm house.
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Ask the Advisor, Roses & Grapes
Roses in the Vineyard? Why is this? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
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Diversity in Sonoma
There are twelve distinct wine growing areas in Sonoma County producing a range of wines from large and small producers. Vineyards tend to be smaller here than in neighboring counties and are typically family owned. The tasting room staffs are frequently the winemakers, owners or family members and pleased to describe their philosophies, grape growing and wine-making techniques.
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Ask the Farmer - Resveratrol!
Resveratrol! It is good for the heart and liver. Prevents obesity, sunburn & melanoma. It enhances chemotherapy; fights type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It even slows down aging”. Sounds like an old western snake oil salesman’s pitch, right? Well, resveratrol - an anti-oxidant chemical compound found in wine as a result of the fermentation of the skin and seeds of winegrapes (especially reds) - is playing a big hand in research to cure or prevent the above diseases and others as well.
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Roll Out the Barrels
Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, every May, has over twenty participating wineries from the San Luis Obispo Wine Region. Plan a visit to the San Luis Obispo Wine Country for a weekend you'll never forget! See Video.
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Taste of Redwood Valley
A Taste of Redwood Valley, the festival that put one of California's oldest viticultural areas on the map nineteen years ago, opened its bottles and barrels to wine lovers this past Father's Day weekend, June 18-20. Check it out and attend next year.....
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