May 3, 2018: Summary of the Spring SCMWA Grower Meeting

The Spring Meeting titled “En Primeur” featured the fresh wines of the 2017 vintage (remembered affectionately as “fire and ice” ) Featured speaker was John Raytek of Ceritas Wines. SCMWA wine producers were asked to bring samples of the 2017 vintage and to discuss their enological decisions related to the challenging harvest season. John summarized his philosophy as: “Through observation, vintage after vintage, we are continually reminded of the simple principal that most of the important work occurs in the vineyard, and the role of the winemaker is to allow the vineyard to express itself in a balanced, inimitable wine.”