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Anticipation is in the sunshine flooding these vineyards' meticulously tended rows nowadays. At Napa Valley's Far Niente wine estate, that not-quite-knowable date is coming.

"The grapes are ready on their time schedule," says Dirk Hampson, director of wine making, "when Mother Nature says they're best to pick. And that's completely dependent on: When do they taste right?"

September 1. That's the guess. Human, not Mother Nature's. She's not talking. Read full article »

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