July 30, 2013
NAPA VALLEY — Mumm Napa, a sparkling-wine producer often among the first in the North Coast to pick grapes, plans to bring in its first loads of Napa Valley grapes Thursday.
July 22, 2013
As the earliest-ripening North Coast winegrapes barely enter the home stretch for the season, the 2013 crop is expected to start coming in to wineries a few weeks earlier than normal, possibly be smaller than the record-setting 2012 crop yet seemingly welcomed with a bit more tepid though active buying activity than last year.
May 20, 2013
So here we are at half-past spring in 2013. Frost danger is just about over. Both the bulk-wine and grape markets have been active, and tonnage available on the spot market is limited. Most vineyards are reporting two clusters per shoot, as seen last year at this time.
Are we caught in a “Groundhog Day” replay of last year? Well, no, we’re not. Here are two differences.
March 25, 2013
Growers are anticipating the 2013 Napa Valley winegrape season will begin with substantial emergence of vines from a winter nap in the last week of March, just ahead of the start of last year’s record crop, according to a major local trade group.