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.

Episode descriptions for VINTAGE: NAPA VALLEY 2012:

101 - A Vintage for the Ages
- Napa Valley winemakers are gearing up for what looks like a vintage to remember. Elizabeth heads out to Chimney Rock's first pick of the season. At Markham Vineyards, Kim goes sampling at one of her favorite vineyards while Rutherford Hill plays catch-up from a disjointed preparation for harvest.

102 - When Grapes Hit the Fan - Markham Vineyards' harvest explodes into life when a 120-ton day turns into a 150-ton marathon.  In contrast, Elizabeth takes a leisurely stroll through her Merlot blocks, deciding to pick five tons and Marisa sets off for beautiful Pope Valley to monitor harvest progress.

103 - Homecoming Queen - The abundant harvest sees Marisa and her 3-year-old son head home to Sonoma County to meet up with her dad and buy fruit from some old family friends. At Chimney Rock, they bring in a small block of Merlot, while at Markham Vineyards Kim feels the need to get her feet wet, in grapes.

104 - DIY at Chimney Rock
- The Chimney Rock team take matters into their own hands, picking one row of grapes from their vineyard. They don't pick quite as fast as the pros and then they have to press the fruit...by hand. At Markham Vineyards, Charlie Wolleson's grapes arrive at the winery while Rutherford Hill mourns the passing of an iconic member of the winery.

105 - The Never-Ending Crush - Marisa makes a last minute decision to pick an entire vineyard of her best Merlot, resulting in a long day, and night, for Rutherford Hill. At Chimney Rock they finally have their first big pick of the harvest, processing 60 tons of Merlot, while at Markham Vineyards they have a little slow time, and a Mexican BBQ on the crush pad.

106 - Pressing to the Finish
- The Cabernet at Chimney Rock is ready at last and the team crushes fruit from three vineyard blocks. This signals the final push for harvest 2012. Once all the fruit is in, the fermented tanks of red wine need to be drained and then dug out by hand. To celebrate the closing of harvest the winemakers gather at Chimney Rock, try each other's wines and look back at what they expect will be a vintage for the ages.

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