Mother Nature dictates time to harvest frozen ice wine grapes & it's early this year
on 14/12/10 at 11:52 amWine
Bob Mazza knows better.
Sometimes that doesn’t happen until mid-January or later. It happened on Monday this year, and Mazza was ready. The process, followed by only a handful of Pennsylvania wineries, began again Monday.
By 1 p.m., with temperatures in the low teens and a biting wind blowing off Lake Erie, Mazza had assembled about 20 people, most buried beneath layers of sweatshirts, jackets, hats and hoods, to begin picking frozen clusters of vidal blancs from the vineyard behind his winery on East Lake Road.
“These are beautiful,” he said of the grapes, which hung in heavy bunches beneath a mesh netting designed to keep the birds away. “In another month, they might not look so pretty.”