The 2023 Washington grape harvest began a few weeks ago. Our first pick will be Red Mountain Merlot. This varietal forms the base for the Storm Front Red Blend. The sugars are where we want them, but the flavors haven’t quite developed yet. With Goldilocks weather (not too hot, not too cold) predicted, we will let these juicy morsels hang on the vine a bit longer. However, forecasters predict slightly below normal temperatures and a modest increase in rainfall from Sept. 7-13, so we will need to watch the skies carefully.
Nothing else seems close to being fully ripe, so we’re probably a few weeks away from the next pick. Interestingly, the Chenin Blanc is ripening quickly. We usually harvest that in October. The Pinot Gris is still very green for early September. The Snipes Mountain Tempranillo has massive clusters and is tasting great. Watch our Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Remember to send your Eastern Washington friends and family in for wine tasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-5:00 pm. If they are referred by a club member, they will receive that member's club discount!