Harvest 2015: Week 4 – It’s Here!!!

   Harvest is officially upon us here in Canandaigua. This morning we started harvesting fruit for Constellation’s Sparkling wine program for J. Roget.  Last week was relatively cool with lows at night in the 50s and highs in the mid 70s. This...

What does “Craft” mean anyway?

Geoffrey Chaucer once wrote “The lyf so short, the craft so longe to Lerne.” There has been much publicity recently about the rise of “craft” beverages, mainly beer and spirits as of this point.  There has also been some disagreement as to what...

Vintage 2015 Update: Napa and New York

I’m in Napa this week checking in on the rapidly progressing vintage 2015. After one serious frost event this season a couple of weeks ago the vintage seems to be off to an otherwise not so bad start. Right now the shoots are between 10-14″ long and most...