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Rabbit Ridge Vineyards, Russian River Valley

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Rabbit Ridge Winery

United States, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley.

Wines Produced:
Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Port, Red dessert wine, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel

Special Wines:
Rabbit Ridge Zinfandel, Sonoma County Reserve (San Lorenzo Vineyard)

Production: 200,000 cases annually

Formerly the winemaker at Belvedere, Erich Russell has since been developing his 40-acre Russian River vineyard. Rabbit Ridge operations now include new acreage in Paso Robles, California, as well as the ranch on West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg.

Today he and winemaker Susie Selby rely on both estate-grown and purchased grapes.

The Rabbit Ridge lineup includes traditional wines, as well as what Russell refers to as “odd duck” wines such as marsanne, sangiovese, dolcetto, barbera and grenache.

Winery address:
Rabbit Ridge Vineyards
3291 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: (707) 431-7128

Grapes are being harvested early worldwide

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The harvest comes when the fruit is ripe. This occurs at the end of summer for grapes. So the harvest is not currently under way in places where spring is arriving. Such places include South Africa and Australia.

Grape harvest at Flat Creek Estate, TexasVitis vinifera is currently harvested in the Northern hemisphere. You have other options for obtaining wine grapes. I’ll talk about them in the upcoming guide to making your own wine starting in a week.

Harvesting is very hard work and is labor intensive.

The Northern hemisphere shows grape harvest about two or three weeks earlier than usual. In Western Europe this is not because the summer was sunny and dry like in 2003. It was not. “In 2007, the whole season was early, right from the budding, because of the mild winter and spring” said Luca Vietti, winemaker at the Vietti winery, in the Piedmont (as reported by the Wine Spectator).

Harvest in the first half of August only concerns some white grapes. The regions where vintners began harvesting in the first half of August are:

  • In the USA: the Napa Valley in California;
  • In France: Alsace and Roussillon;
  • In Italy: Lazio, Veneto and Trentino.

Other websites show recent reports on the current harvest: in California, in Texas, in North Carolina, in New York, in France (there and there), in Italy, in Germany. The present post is the first in a series on the grape harvest. The series will end with a snap view of the 2007 vintage. Your feed reader will be automatically updated of the posting if you subscribe.

Don’t believe mentions of a good vintage yet: it’s too early to address this fuzzy concept: wait until the wine is made! Still we already know that it will be very difficult for even expert winemakers to make good wine in the following parts: Texas, Bordeaux, Puglia and Sicily.

Later articles on the vintage are here: