Well, we have debated whether or not to have a blog since creating the Addison Farms Vineyard web site. Frankly, I am not sure I have enough to say or whether what I have to say is interesting to anyone but me, but we will give this thing a chance. We envision a weekly-ish posting schedule.
First, I would like to direct your attention to our good friends down at Rockhouse Vineyards in Tryon, NC. After 20 years in the winery business, health concerns are forcing a tough decision on our friends down there. Next weekend [6-7 Oct 12] will be their last. If you are in the area, go by and see Lee, taste their incredible wines, and stock up… It will be your last opportunity. http://www.rockhousevineyards.com/
Crush 2012 is nearly in the books for us. All of the grapes are harvested, crushed, and all but ~1800# are pressed and barreled. We should finish pressing Monday, assuming primary fermentation is complete on the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest was a little light this year from our forecast; we lost a good bit of fruit to the yellow jackets. Our total crush was just a little under five tons, which we predict will give us a little under 300 cases for the 2012 vintage.
With the mild winter of 2011/12, the early season bud break in most of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and the mid-April frost, white grapes were something of a rarity in our area for 2012. We are still searching for someone with late ripening varieties or unfermented juice, but right now, it looks like there will not be a 2012 white for Addison Farms.