|Syrah at Mitchella Vineyards 7-21-12|
|Same Syrah clusters at Mitchella on 7-29-12|
Of course I am talking about wine, but it's not wine yet. Yes, the grapes in the vineyard reaching that point in their annual lifecycle (see budbreak and flowering) , where they go through a process known as veraison. Last week, I started receiving the first reports of versaison occurring in the vineyards. So what is veraison, and why should we even care about it?
In simple terms, veraison is the point in a grapes' life cycle where it changes from little hard green "pebbles" to larger, colored plump berries.
|Claiborne &Churchill Twin Creeks Vineyard 7-19-12|
|Ampelos Vineyard 7-14-12|
|Riverbench Vineyard 7-14-12|