“I’m leaving these grapes for the birds.”
“I have some beautiful grapes – do you want them?”
“I bought three more stainless tanks and it’s still not enough.”
Oregon is awash in grapes and the precious juice they produce. The Oregon wine harvest is HUGE.
Beautiful, gorgeous, perfect grapes and no where to put the juice. What a wonderful problem. Across Oregon I hear from winemaking friends running out of room for what looks to be an excellent vintage.
I’m off to Dundee to take pictures and experience the exhaustingly physical work and long hours of babying fermentation, and the triumph of tasting the delicious young wine that culminates a year of meticulous vineyard management, expert preparation, and that je ne sais quoi that makes for a top ranking winemaker.
Here are some well written, comprehensive articles:
Large Harvest Floods Custom-Crush Wineries Some Northwest facilities at capacity as more wine grapes reach ripeness by Peter Mitham
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World of Wines: Oregon Poise for Record Wine Harvest
by Neal Jones Ruidoso News