Uneven Ripening Of Grapes
David Lodge — Smallfield, England asks,
I have an extremely small hobby vineyard of about 30 vines (mixed varieties) and find it hard to get help here in the United Kingdom with either advice or supplies and I do rely heavily on your magazine. I envy you in the States where you seem to have a lot of amateur growers and resources to match. This year the weather has been very unusual, and all fruit growth has been poor. I have some grapes that are now ripe and need to be harvested but others of the same variety in a different part of the vineyard are well behind and not yet ready. Can I pick the ripe ones now and freeze or chill them and wait until the others are ready and crush and process them all together, which may be in three- or four-weeks’ time? Would freezing be better than chilling?