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Vintage Napa Valley 2012 TV Series

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What are you watching on television lately? The Olympics, the ongoing drama at Downton Abbey or waiting for new episodes of Scandal? What about VINTAGE: Napa Valley 2012?

Step outside the box and watch a new 6-part series that highlights the winemaking process and the glorious 2012 harvest season at three different Napa Valley wineries - Markham Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, and Rutherford Hill.

vintageNapaValley2012_TvSeries.jpgIn 2012, Mother Nature produced the "perfect" growing season in California's Napa Valley -- yielding a rare combination of quality fruit and an abundant crop load. Growers and winemakers across the Valley expressed high expectations for a classic year that would surely produce epic wines.  This outstanding vintage sets the backdrop for the new six-part public television series VINTAGE: NAPA VALLEY 2012.  Each half-hour episode takes viewers into three renowned Napa Valley wineries and the lives of the people who make the wine. Watch video trailer

"VINTAGE is a unique and engaging concept, and I am very pleased APT has agreed to distribute the program," said Daniel Soles, chief content officer for WTTW. "I believe the viewers will be invested in stories of the harvest," he added.

"Harvest is the most action-packed part of the winemaker's year, when some of the most important, and nail biting, decisions need to be made," says Peter Backeberg, the show's creator and producer. "We were granted fantastic access to follow the winemakers and their teams and I'm sure the viewers will enjoy the ride," he added.

The series started in early January in some areas like Chicago, but you can still catch the last few episodes. Be sure to check your local listings. Visit www.vintageseries.com for more information, details, and videos.

Wine Country Harvest Season 2013

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Celebrate the harvest season around wine country! Read how this year's vintage is shaping up; watch workers pick and sort grapes; attend a grape stomp event, harvest dinner, or wine country bbq; breathe in the vineyards drunk with grapes aka "stop what you're doing and plan a trip to wine country now!"

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Sonoma Harvest 2013

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Sonoma County is already abuzz with the first grapes of the season being harvested. Check out photos of Sonoma wineries everywhere already picking grapes or waiting a few more weeks as grapes ripen on the vines. We're already hearing reports it's going to be another great vintage!






Join the conversation! #SonomaHarvest2013


Napa Harvest Season 2013

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Harvest has descended upon Napa Valley once again. Join the excitement through tweets, pictures, upcoming harvest events (grape stomps, grape picking, wine dinners, etc) and general reports from wineries all over Napa Valley and their thoughts on this year's vintage and 2013 season.







Wrapping Up Harvest & Crush Season Around Wine Country

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Benziger Family Winery - Sonoma County, CA
Mark it on your calendar, 2012 was a phenomenal growing season...and you know what that means? Phenomenal wines. We promise you, although you won't have to wait too long for the whites, the reds will be well worth the wait.



Rutherford Hill Winery - Napa Valley, CA

Harvest Updates Around Wine Country: The Reds

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Peju Winery - Napa Valley, CA
On September 27th, Peju Winery located in Napa Valley harvested their first red of the season - Syrah. Grown at their Persephone vineyard, the grape is typically picked on the earlier side and this year was no different. "We are always excited about crushing Syrah since it gives us two wines--a traditional red Syrah as well as a Rose." CLICK HERE tor read full post.


Chateau Julien Wine Estate
First grapes of the season for Chate Julien Wine Estate in Carmel, CA (Monterey Wine Country region) were delivered Friday night (Sept. 28th) with a lot of guests watching. Watch a small clip below.




Whitehall Lane Winery: Harvest Update

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Napa Valley, CA



Harvest 2012 is off to a great (and tasty) start, with much, much more to go!  We officially began harvesting our first grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, on Saturday September 8th.  As you can see, our entire crew, led by winemaker Dean Sylvester and Cellar master Fernando Cortez, were Œin the zone¹ ensuring the first grapes of the season were sorted, de-stemmed, crushed and pressed to perfection.

To date we have crushed numerous lots of SB and one of Pinot Noir picked at the peak of ripeness. Meanwhile, Mother Nature has been very helpful in providing textbook Napa Valley autumn days.  In fact, it¹s hard to believe ­ even if you live here ­ that it is 45 degrees in the morning and 85 in the mid-afternoon, every day.  Reds like Merlot and Cabernet flourish in this weather, which allows the grapes to develop flavor complexity and balance.

We'll begin picking them soon. There are lots of crushing to be done, so please come up, taste a few wines, and let us tour you through the winery. SEE SPECIAL OFFER!
 
What¹s the best way to celebrate harvest?  A Whitehall Lane HARVEST DINNER!
Join us at the winery Saturday October 13th, for an al fresco BBQ dinner commemorating the 2012 harvest.  CLICK HERE more information, or contact Dustin at 707 963 9454 x 32 or dustin@whitehalllane.com.

Harvest Update: Picking & Sorting Grapes

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Wineries around Napa Valley and Sonoma are watching their vineyards and grapes closely and will start harvesting any day now. Some have begun harvesting already. See the round-up of updates from across the blogosphere.

St. Francis Winery - Sonoma County, CA
"Our fourth consecutive "September Harvest" began with this morning's arrival of 8 tons of hand-picked Sonoma Valley Chardonnay grapes at our inspection platform. To our specifications, the sweet (24° Brix), plump golden grapes were hand-picked and cold to the touch--a good start for crushing. Once again, the sights and smells on our bustling Crush Pad are unmistakable: it is Harvest in Sonoma.- Christopher Silva, President & CEO
~ Click Here to read full post or Watch the video below!



Cuvaison - Napa Valley, CA
Report: At 10 pm on September 11, 2012, several crews began harvesting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay  grapes from our estate vineyards in Carneros. Crews worked tirelessly until 4 am, bringing in 31 tons of Pinot Noir and 32 tons of Chardonnay! The grapes look fantastic and we are all very excited about this year's crop! Watch the video to get a first hand look.

VIDEO: Learn About Harvest & Crush at St. Supery Winery

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Learn about the harvest season and what crush is like in Napa Valley from St. Supery's Assistant Winemaker Brooke Langelius and Winemaker Micheal Scholz.


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Wine Harvest Twitter Feed 2012

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Keep up to date with all of the news around the country about the wine harvest for 2012. See the latest tweets below!

Interested in Napa Valley Harvest (#NVHarvest) specifically? No worries - CLICK HERE!

More of a Sonoma wine fan? We have you covered - CLICK HERE!

Harvest Season: What's Happening in Sonoma?

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EVENTS:
Check out upcoming harvest season and crush events happening in Sonoma in the months of September and October. CLICK HERE!

MORE ARTICLES ON HARVEST:
Kendall Jackson Winery - 2012 Harvest Predictions

Get the Scoop on Napa Valley Harvest Season

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EVENTS:
Check out upcoming harvest season and crush events happening in Napa Valley in the months of August, September and October. CLICK HERE!


VIDEOS:
St. Supery - Learning about Harvest Season & Crush
Harvest Season in Napa Valley Kicks Off!

Harvest Season in Napa Valley Kicks Off!

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EVENTS:
Check out upcoming harvest season and crush events happening in Napa Valley in the months of August, September and October. CLICK HERE!

2012 #NVHarvest
Read tweets from folks all over Napa Valley involved with this year's Harvest. CLICK HERE!

KJ: 2012 Harvest Predictions

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kgBlog_HarvestPredictions.jpgIs 2012 going to produce a phenomenal vintage? What are winemakers starting predict about this year's harvest? All questions we know our readers are keenly interested in as the harvest season slowly creeps closer!

Matt, the winemaker at Kendall Jackson is predicting that "with the necessary grand gestures of knocking firmly on wooden surfaces, I will admit that things are looking pretty darn good out there, " but concedes . . .

"there's a lot of "ifs" that still need to happen for 2012 to be one for the record books:  If the warm summer weather continues into September, we're probably looking at a great one, if that heat is not too excessive where we get violent heat waves that destroy a lot of crop, like in 2010, if the rains hold off until late in October so that our latest-ripening grapes can achieve that perfect ripeness . . .

CLICK HERE to read full article.

A Look at Pre-Harvest at Benziger Winery

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Mike Benziger takes a look at the vines at Benziger Family Winery in July and says this year's vintage is "off to an awesome start"! Watch the video below:


2010 Mendocino Harvest Report

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By Courtney Cochran

With smoke-tainted 2008 vintage wines in circulation now, Mendocino winegrowers no doubt are keen on a strong harvest this season. Still, this hardy group from one of Nor Cal's most northerly wine regions is all too familiar with the vagaries of inclement weather - not to mention so-called acts of god (hello, fires!) - which means they're used to holding their breaths come near-harvest-time.  

I caught up with standout Mendo vintner Paul Dolan of Paul Dolan Vineyards to get his take on what's in store for Mendo wines in 2010.


Napa Grapegrowers Cautiously Optimistic About 2010

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vineyard2.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Despite the doom and gloom forecasts circulating about the 2010 vintage, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers think this year's cool summer doesn't necessarily mean disaster, or even a difficult vintage.  At an August 18th press conference held at Beckstoffer Vineyards' historic Georges III vineyard in Rutherford, the growers discussed their hopes and fears for the harvest this year.  The consensus: it's still too early to call.

Harvest dates vary depending on the grape varietal and location, but typically occur in mid-to-late October for red grapes like cabernet sauvignon.  With harvest still two and a half months away, no one knows how this vintage will turn out.  

Harvest Report 2010: Cold Times

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grapes.jpgBy Courtney Cochran

Looking at the weather forecast for Napa and Sonoma, one might think we're approaching winter.  In fact, with crisp, overcast days the norm in Wine Country these past weeks, industry pundits are speculating as to whether 2010 will be the best or the worst harvest in years. Best because cool weather usually leads to slow, even ripening (which occurs in many "fringe" vineyards in Europe and Oregon), and worst because of the potential for early autumn rains that could ruin a crop left on the vine longer than usual to achieve ripeness. 

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