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May 2013
RAVE 2013: Grape Berry Ripening -- It Starts Before You See It
New research shows that the stage for ripening is set before it actually starts to occur.
by Mark Greenspan
One of the great mysteries in viticulture seems to be what occurs during the ripening process. We spend so much time thinking about it because it’s the time of the season where we think we have the most control over the final product of the vintage. But recent research indicates that we need to have the status of the vineyard dialed in well before we see berry softening or coloration. And I’m not talking about the pyrazines, which I’ve discussed in earlier columns. Those need t...
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