Embracing Vintage Variation in the Winery
Vintage variation in Oregon is a blessing but it inherently provides different challenges to winemakers and growers each year. Whether a vintage is cool or warm, dry or wet, early or late, can profoundly influence the decisions that a winemaker might make and directly affect the resulting style of wine. In this session, explore how different winemakers approach their craft in the face of variable seasons and a broadly warming climate. Take a deeper look at how certain physical and chemical characteristics of grapes may change beyond the basics of sugar accumulation and acid degradation. More broadly, are winemakers and growers simply reactive or can there be proactive steps in dealing with these changing conditions? Philosophically, how much should one adjust to the vintage in question and how much should the winemaker or grower try to make the fruit meet their stylistic needs?
The discussion will be followed by a tasting highlighting both the beauty of vintage variation and the responses that winemakers employ.