The 2014 recap from Cornell’s Veraison to Harvest arrived today, and while the overall theme was consistent with what we had previously reported, there were some interesting new observations. Yes, things looked pretty dismal coming out of winter, and going through the early summer the crop really seemed to be significantly and historically behind the curve. However, as the chart below shows, there was an astonishing catchup that continued through the last month. Berry weights were also on the high side, which compensated for winter bud loss.
Most importantly, while wineries were allowed to purchase out-of-state grapes pursuant to an emergency declaration, it appears that at most five wineries may have needed the additional fruit. Our local grower was caught up in the end-of-season scramble and sold everything. Hopefully, gorwers throughout the area made out well, and this will be another thing to be thankful for in two days.