Monday, September 24, 2007

What's picking this week in Hudson Valley Wine Country

This week if you go wine tasting, they are harvesting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. When you harvest grapes you would like your brix levels to be around 21 or 22.

What's a brix level? A brix level is the sugar level in the grape. When the brix is around 21 or 22 it is usually perfect for producing good wine.

Flavor developent occurs along with the drop in acid and increase in sugars in the grape. When you harvest grapes that have a low brix level, you risk the unripened fruit to leave some strange characteristics in the wine. Such flavors such as bell pepper in reds.
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