Saturday, October 6, 2012

NY grape harvest verdict: Low yield, high quality

Fans of New York State wines may be curious how the current grape crop fared in our sustained period of little rain and a roller-coaster ride of unusual temperatures.

Fear not, says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. While the total harvest may not be as large as hoped, the quaity is there.

"In most regions and for most grape varieties, the 2012 harvest is starting to wind down, with an overall assesment that the crop is smaller than expected but the fruit quaility is superb. While some of the late-ripening red wine varieties, as well as grapes left hanging for late harvest and ice wines, remain to be harvested, most of the whites are in the tanks, happily bubbling away," Trezise said.

"2012 will go down as one of the earliest harvests on record, with the fall weather generally cooperative, but with some challenges caused by many grape varieties ripening simultaneously rather than in sequence, putting pressure both n press availability and tank space -- not to mention the hard-working winemaking crews. But, soon it will be over, with time to chill out and toast a successful year."

And elswhere outside the state?

"I've been in touch with colleagues in other Northern Hemisphere states and countries, all of whom are bullish on the prospects for the 2012 harvest," Trezise said.

You can get a roundup of some of their comments online.

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