Thursday, August 31, 2006

This year's crop looks smaller

Below is an excerpt from an article posted by on Thursday, August 31, 2006.

If you believe that all things balance out in nature, this year's Northern California wine harvest -- which is just getting underway -- will not come as a surprise.

Heavy rains this spring were a worry, as they put the vines behind schedule and threatened the size of the crop. But warm, dry weather ever since allowed vines to catch up.

The July heat spell was another threat, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees in Lake County,

Chateau Julien has already picked some Pinot Grigio from warm pockets of southern Monterey County; Chateau Julien picked Chardonnay on Tuesday as well.

"The Chardonnay is about 30 percent down from last year," says Chateau Julien winemaker Bill Anderson. "I'm glad that it's a little bit less. You have more time to do your work in a relaxed atmosphere."

Anderson said the quality of the grapes looks good.

"The numbers look great," he says. "I have good acid. The sugars are good."

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