It looks like we will be about one month early for harvest everywhere. This is troubling and worrisome for a lot of reasons. People who have shoveled snow on Mother's Day are especially nervous.
Being a winemaker/ GM/ Vineyard Owner has to be the most romantic way (short of parenthood and marriage) to completely stress yourself out that I can imagine. So without adding to your stress by mentioning all of the potential challenges involved between here and harvest, I would like to mention a point about winemaking that seems to warrant attention.
Once the grapes have been picked, several things could potentially go wrong. Power failures, stuck fermentation, spontaneous re-fermentation, stuck ML, spontaneous ML, and a whole host of microbial/ sanitation/ filtration/ oxidation/ reduction/Murphy's Law- related assaults on your wine can happen, right? I am not a winemaker by commercial standards. But isn't it mildly stressful to preserve and express the excellence that you strive for in the vineyard? I have been told that great wine is made in the vineyard and bad wine is made in the cellar.
It just occurred to me today that the closure is the last and final thing (under your watch) that can go wrong. It is the last means of protecting the wine and trying to make sure that it gets to the consumer in good form.
The Good News:
Buy your wine closures from a large, reputable, progressive, green, quality- minded cork company like Amorim and you will have one less reason to worry. Nobody has a monopoly on all of the good ideas. Amorim spend a ton of money on R&D and quality control for your wine closures every year. Take advantage of our training and their expertise. We will do whatever it takes for you to feel comfortable knowing that you have done what constitutes best efforts in putting your wines on predictable path for aging. We have a closure for every wine at every price.
Call us! We'll take one more source of stress off the list.