Great things are happening at wineries across the province. As the snow begins to melt, many wineries are using this time to bottle new vintages of your favourite NB wines. The amount of time from harvest to bottle varies based on a number of factors including, wine style, fruit selection, aging, and winemaker's preference, just to name a few.
Fruit wines have the shortest turnaround time, followed by white wines and then reds. Some local wineries age their red wine in barrels before bottling. This can add anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years to the length of time before the wine makes it into a bottle.
What can be sure, is that winemakers are always looking for the perfect time to bottle. They regularly sample wine from tanks and barrels to determine that best time. If you're lucky, and arrive at the right time, you may be invited to sample directly from the barrel or tank.
After bottling, wines usually require a few weeks to settle down in the bottle, then they're ready for you to drink. While it's true that many wines change and improve with age, the majority of wine being produced now is meant for immediate enjoyment. If you're looking for a wine to lie down for a few years, ask the winery for their suggestion.
For those of you lucky enough to live near a winery, spring and early summer is a great time to visit and sample new vintages. Most wineries in NB can also ship wine to your home, and Uncorked Tours offers daily tours this summer to many wineries in Southern NB.
At Uncorked Tours we're all about sharing the fabulous wine, beer and spirits being produced in the Province of New Brunswick.
It is my pleasure to share with you the great food and drink being produced here in NB, as well as the awesome experiences you can have while living here or visiting the province.
May you always have good wine in your glass and friends to share it with.