Why Ripe Fruit Makes the Best Wine

Harvest timing is always a balancing act between winemakers who want the best, most mature fruit flavors and growers who need to manage labor and protect the fragile, ripe fruit from damage and disease.

Traditionally, winemakers praise long hang times for both consolidating sugars and developing flavors, but new research from Washington State University shows that fruit maturity affects the former far more than the latter. Read more.

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