Santa Maria Sun / Cuisine
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 42
Grapes galoreLook back at viticulture milestones this year in Santa Barbara County wine country
BY WENDY THIES SELL
Another vintage has been “put to bed” in barrels and tanks in Central Coast wineries. The winter months give winemakers, vineyard managers, and workers time to catch up on rest after the grueling harvest months during the fall.
Expectations for the ’12 wines are high as the weather cooperated better this year than in years past.
“The 2012 wine grape harvest in the Santa Maria Valley ended up being a successful completion to an overall nice weather year,” said Santa Maria vineyard manager Jim Stollberg, owner of Maverick Farming. “We didn’t have too many abnormalities from Mother Nature, and the resulting yields and fruit quality were in line with what we like for high-quality wine production.”
Stollberg added that average tonnages across most grape varieties, mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, “were both good for growers and winemakers and will keep the market in balance into 2013.”
Throughout 2012, I captured hundreds of images with my camera while traveling the scenic country roads of northern Santa Barbara County, visiting the area’s wineries, and interviewing the winemakers who work hard all year crafting a product for us to enjoy. Cheers to the 2012 vintage!
Sun food and wine writer Wendy Thies Sell wishes you a joyful new year. Resolve to send restaurant and winery story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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