As we look forward to the upcoming North American 2014 Fall Harvest, we have compiled information that we would like to share with both our winery and wine making customers.
California - Drought marked the initial challenge for the new season and has been followed by heat wave conditions across much of the growing area. In places like the Central Valley, the crop size is down and is significantly affecting popular varieties like Zinfandel. The table grape market, which is an indicator for timing of wine grapes is currently looking to be 3 weeks earlier. This implies very much an early season like we had last year. If you are going to be interested in white varietals, you should be placing orders for these no later than July to ensure the grapes are available, as many of these like Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, etc. will harvest sometime in August.
Washington - So far the 2014 vintage is looking good. Vines are in bloom now and it should be a good crop. There is an increased demand on available supplies as more and more winemakers seek quality Washington grapes. M&M is looking to expand the offering from Washington including a quality Pinot Noir offering.
New York - While New York experienced significant issues as result of winter weather and with the greatest effects on vinifera, our suppliers have indicated that the hybrid and natives we bring in for Eastern winery customers and wine makers remains intact. In a good year, there is a lot of demand for product and so those interested in product from this area would be well-served to get orders in early. As a reminder, our NY products are not adjusted, which is a critical distinction between us and other suppliers.
Italy - Fresh Italian juices will be available this Fall, as they have been in the past. There will be a number of options. See details…