Once again, the satellite photo from space shows why we love growing grapes on Seneca Lake.
Yes, it has been frightfully cold, and for what seems like a very long time. And yes, it has been difficult to think about pruning at all, when there seems to be no end in sight to the cold weather. But the satellite photo gave some hope, just as it did in 2014. If the lake does not freeze, we know that the air temperature is well over 30 degrees F, and we know that the predominantly westerly winds will bring that air to our vineyards, modifying the sub zero temperatures that threaten the most sensitive varieties. It worked in 2014, and we hope it works again this year. But it does add some excitement to a normally quiet time of year – excitement we would prefer to live without.
While we worry about the vineyards, not really able to do anything, we do have plenty to do in the cellar. This is the season when we are blending, stabilizing and finishing wines to get them ready for bottling. The cold adds an element of stress to the winemaking as well, as many of are barns are heated and cooled “naturally”, meaning that everything is quite cold right now. We do enjoy the unfinished wines, and we taste with delight as they progress from relatively simple but charming youthful juice, to more mature and complex wines. There are days, however, when having to taste through 20 plus barrels of one red wine does really, really, really feel like hard work. We realize that almost no one believes this, but invite you to let us know if you are available to help with this task.