26 Mar '11, 2pm

Check out: The Swanson Late Bloomers: A Late Harvest Wine Trend in Napa Valley via @@luxist

Check out: The Swanson Late Bloomers: A Late Harvest Wine Trend in Napa Valley via @@luxist

I should first define some terms for those who are not wine drinkers, much less late harvest wine consumer. A late harvest wine is made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. Late harvest is usually an indication of a sweeter wine. Thus, many late harvest wines are called dessert wines, an appellation that is not quite true anymore. "The trend is now evolving," said Heidi Godoff, Swanson Vineyard 's Director of Consumer Marketing and Sales, "because we are seeing people drink these late harvests now as aperitifs, at the meal's beginning, with artisanal blue cheese, local pistachios, and crackers, as well as at the end of a meal, with some form or dessert or actually by itself. It is a fascinating evolution, that started in Europe, but has certain caught on here." In the video above, Swanson Vintner Marco Capelli, discusses the history of the Mission grape -- the o...

Full article: http://www.luxist.com/2011/03/26/swanson-vineyard-napa-va...

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