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Tuesday, Nov. 01, 2011

Northwest harvest wrapping up

Perhaps the latest and greatest way to follow grape harvest in the Pacific Northwest is via Twitter.

Today, the famed Woodward Canyon Winery in Walla Walla tweeted:

“End of harvest is in sight. Les Collines & Hedges cab today & that's it. Champoux (4blocks), Canoe Ridge & Spring Creek cab over the weekend.”

In British Columbia, Tinhorn Creek winemaker Sandra Oldfield posted, “We’re done tomorrow.”

Later in the day, Buried Cane send out a more traditional news release:

“Today Winemaker Brian Rudin picking grapes today for Buried Cane 2011 Chardonnay, the latest he’s ever harvested Chardonnay in Washington. Still, he says he feels like “Washington got a free ticket this year” compared to Oregon and California. August and September were gorgeous, and October was just warm enough to bump up sugars and provide the hang time needed for full flavor ripeness.

Today’s crush for Buried Cane is all from the Wallula Vineyard, above the Columbia River south of Kennewick, Washington. Brian calls the acid “crisp” at 8.5 g/L. Brix at harvest was 22.8 degrees.”

He added “This year in Washington was more about leaving the grapes on the vine until acid levels finally dropped.”

One Yakima Valley winemaker read Rudin's assessment of acidity and noted, “Sounds familiar.”