Preserving the Quality of Napa's Prized Grapes
“To get the best quality, there’s no better machine than the eye”
~ Julie Nord, Nord Estate Wines
November 8, 2006
To those of us who study the winemaking process, it is an accepted fact that mechanical harvesting -- picking grapes by machine -- diminishes the quality of the grapes. But we soon may have to toss that conventional wisdom on the compost heap because hand-picking may go the way of the old-world practice of foot-stomping.