September 02, 2009

Crop loads

I've been writing about how crop set here in the northern Willamette Valley this year was huge. It's a good thing given the summer heat we've experienced. The challenge now is that, if you're buying grapes by the acre, you might end up with more grapes than you planned. Do you have fermenter space? Barrels? I'm pretty set on what I'm getting, but I see other producers grappling with crop estimates and harvest plans. Will this be a repeat of 2007, when some vineyards came in heavier than expected?

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