Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Revised Harvest Plan

This is not rocket science; just common sense and a lot of optimism. The hail and wind stripped the vines of the leaves and damaged the grapes. But, most of the grape clusters do remain on the vines; they so want to complete their task. The problem is that they are badly bruised and if we leave them on the vine longer, they are likely to get rot. And anyway, they are not going to ripen any more without the foliage there to feed them. And, if we left them on long enough for new foliage to grow, that would zap the vines of all their remaining strength just when they need to start storing carbs for the winter (like bears do before hibernation). So, the plan is, the grapes come off tomorrow. Who knows what the resulting wine will be but I have lots of faith in Tim's wine making skills. He loves a challenge. We will have a "Name the Wine" contest when the time comes!

4 comments:

  1. Go for it! Long ago Sakonnet Wines in Little Compton, RI had a crop that was damaged by a hurricane...and their resulting wine from that crop was a huge hit and called "Eye of the Storm". Anything is possible!

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  2. Tim your a fabulous winemaker and I'm confident you'll make something great out of this.

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  3. so sorry to hear about your storm damage....I want to put dibs on helping bottle this batch of estate wines!! will be thinking about everyone during your hard work upcoming. take care and talk to you soon!!

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  4. I stand with "Survivor Noir"

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