This week we processed three tons of Chardonnay, and two tons each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. While sugars are slightly lower than previous vintages, the fruit is ripe, good, the reds are giving good color and body and the Chardonnay will be done in a style reminiscent of French Chablis, with good acidity and crispness.
Incidentally, when I graduated in 1976 from Fresno, I had a job off from Jean Moreau at Maison Moreau in Chablis, Yonne, France, but had to decline the job offer due to the fact that my wife did not have a secured income (as required by the French Government), and I would not have been earning enough to support us both. We returned to Pennsylvania where I was hired by Pete Wood as Winemaster at Pequea Valley Vineyard and Winery in Lancaster County. I must admit: this is the only “woulda-coulda-shoulda” thing in my life that I wish we could have had the chance to pursue.
Enough about old times. The current time has us with a very challenging and late vintage, but the grapes’ ripeness looks good, and the wines in the fermenters are progressing well.
Enjoy a glass of Logan’s View wine in good health!