In this blog we discuss why adapting harvest date to a warming environment is challenging …and why you may not have to trade off sugar concentration to get high color concentration. Higher sugar concentrations at harvest are often associated with an increase in temperature. This is observed empirically and scientifically in the […]

This discussion is a follow up with our last blog on the 2017 maturation What is the situation end of september? A general disorder in sugar accumulation is observed in northern California. The trend is widespread and shows sluggish sugar accumulation rate across many different vineyards. The extend of the phenomenon indicates […]

Harvest decision 2017: A ripe Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa “should be worth the wait!” We discuss a preliminary analysis of the 2017 vintage effect on berry ripening dynamics. Our main conclusions are synthesized in this short summary below. If you are interested in the rationales and discussion points, please scroll down after the […]

If you read this blog you are probably interested in understanding the complexity of vine response to contrasted environmental conditions. Everyday scientific results shed new light on plant mechanisms which, if they are properly understood, can help the winegrower optimizing his practices. Today, we discuss the relationship between :root temperature, […]

One of the main challenges for a winegrower before harvest is : “where is it best to sample?” and “how many locations do I need to sample to get a reliable estimate?” In this blog we discuss how to design a sampling scheme to best capture vineyard spatial variability. The plant […]

What is sugar loading? The sugar loading of grape berries (evolution of the quantity of sugars per berry), widely described by Pr. Deloire during the last decade, constitutes a physiological marker integrating the functioning of the vine in its environment. The sugar loading includes two distinct periods: A first period […]