The first grapes of the season were picked from vines early this morning near Rutherford that will be used to make sparkling wine.READ MORE: Palo Alto Launches Response Team for People Experiencing Mental Health Crises
Winemakers say this year’s harvest is a very good one.
“What we’re not getting in quantity, we’re getting in quality – very early flavor development, bright acidity. We’re looking at a very nice vintage,” Mumm Napa winemaker Ludovic Dervon told KCBS.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
Mumm Napa was the first winery in the valley to harvest their grapes.
Sales of sparkling wines are growing in California, and across the world. Dervin says California’s grape quality rivals that of France’s Champagne region, where the weather can be fickle.MORE NEWS: Yuba County Agency Mulls Water Shipments to Bay Area Counties
“What you will see there is ups and downs in quality; a good year and bad year,” Dervin said.