Anthony Nappa, who servies as winemaker at Raphael and for his eponymous label, Anthony Nappa Wines, reports that:

“We are done picking white and rose wines as of this week. Over 100 tons in. We will bring in a bit more whites still that we are purchasing, including some Finger Lakes riesling which is a few weeks off.

The quality of the whites are very good, particularly flavors. Overall, this is a low brix year, so if you hang the fruit too long you may be in the unique position of having to adjust the sugar and the acid.

All the reds are still hanging. The flavors are progressing and the acids are dropping which is exactly where we would expect to be. Brix are lower than normal, but this only equates to moderate alcohol levels which I am fine with.

It has been a interesting season with some different challenges than were are used to, but that is half the fun.

Thank god Hurricane Matthew didn’t make its way up the coast. That would be a complete disaster. There would be no red wine this year if that happened at this stage.


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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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