For the past decade, the Pacific Coast has been on quite a run. The weather climate has, for the most part, cooperated with winemakers up and down the coast. Those years of rather agreeable weather are over for some of the U.S.’s best-known regions with the developments of 2010. Winemakers are now paying nervous attention to the vine and some are already formulating tactical moves in this last month or two leading up to harvest.
It is with this in mind that I ran a four-part series covering this very important region of the wine world. From Carneros to Columbia Valley, these are the wines that we will be drinking starting in 2011, so it is important to understand what may be in the bottle. The reports provide insight into the process that goes on prior to harvest that most wine consumers have no idea about. In turn, this will help you evolve into an even more astute consumer.
We are very fortunate, as many of the top winemakers from California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to participate. They have offered a look at their practices and secrets they use to combat whatever nature throws at them. They will also be participating in a final harvest report later in the year.
Below are the reports by region. By clicking on each link, you will be redirected to the articles I wrote exclusively on Cork’d. I hope you find them to be an entertaining and educational read.