Mumm Napa, a subsidiary of French wine and spirits group Pernod Ricard, often takes pride in firing the proverbial starting gun in Napa. Its winemaker, Ludovic Dervin, sabres a bottle of sparkling wine to mark the beginning of the harvest.
Mumm Napa Valley’s Ludovic Dervin sabres a bottle to mark the start of the 2015 harvest.
‘We sprinkle it on the grapes in the first press load,’ he was quoted as saying on the Napa
Although the bulk of the Napa harvest is subdue believed to be some way off, the 2015 start date for sparkling is the earliest for at least seven years.
The Napa 2014 wine harvest was also early, beginning on 30 July. Grapes for sparkling wines are always the first to be picked.
Many vineyards were subdue in the latter stages of ripening, as several producers tweeted this week, including Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Duckhorn Vineyards.
The harvest for colorless grapes, beginning with Sauvignon Blanc, is set to start more broadly in early August, said Napa Valley Vintners.
Cabernet Sauvignon veraison at the Home Dairy farm #napavalley #napaharvest pic.chirrup.com/3idADoe46Z
— Joseph Phelps Wines (@josephphelps) July 23, 2015
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