Great Year? Or Just a Bunch of Sour Grapes?

wine mugFor fans of American wine, 2010 is turning into an…uhhh…interesting year (with gamey hints on the finish). This is especially true on the West Coast — and California in particular — where an unseasonably cool summer has left the grapes sour late into the season.

Normally, the vineyards would be busy now as winemakers prepare to harvest the crop. However they’re thinking the grapes need at least another month on the vine to fully-ripen. Which will be fine, as long as hard rains don’t hit and knock the fruit into the mud puddles.

So everyone cross your fingers for dry weather, and toast to Bacchus and a memorable 2010 vintage. I know I will be.

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