Yes, I know, I know. You’re like most Americans, running approximately a day behind schedule. So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s your 60 second nugget of knowledge.
In Wine Country, if you want to partake in harvest, even as a spectator, you’ve got to know the lingo. Take, for instance, the term hang time, the most widely used phrase among winemakers and harvest crews during crush.
What the h— is hang time?
A) The time needed to re-coop after a girls’ night out.
B) Time to lollygag on the beach with a beer.
C) The time a grape spends on the vine.
Righto. The answer is C. The reason hang time is such a popular phrase is because everyone’s shooting for a long hang time, if Mother Nature’s willing. A long hang time is believed to produce more complex grapes and ultimately better wine.
So there you have it, a new, improved harvest vocabulary. You’re set to mingle, with 5 seconds to spare.