The news we have received here at Brooklyn Winery from vineyards, both in California and in New York, has been very positive. California crop size seems average, with expectations of a later than usual harvest date. The grapes made it easily through spring, with no major reports of frost damage, and the weather has been steady through bloom and set.
New York's Finger Lakes and North Fork are a few weeks ahead of schedule, due to an early bloom, which should allow the fruit more time to ripen prior to the harvest date. All the growers I have been talking to are extremely excited, and a little bit shocked, at how good the growing season is turning out. Most vineyards are through fruit set, and workers have begun thinning the fruit zone to facilitate even ripening. I will keep you posted with more developments.