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May 2002
Ripeness
When to Pick
by Rebecca Chapa
The days of determining picking date by sending a vineyard worker out with a refractometer are over. Thankfully, most growers are no longer paid according to sugar content. Today overall ripeness involves much more than acid/sugar ratio, Brix levels, pH, titratable acidity and the "numbers". When to pick is probably the single most important winemaking/grape growing decision. From the point of picking the parameters of quality are set and any manipulation of the fruit or must after this point ha...
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