Friday, September 07, 2007

Harvest Report 3

The white grapes are coming in fast now! Yesterday we harvested Viognier at Fralich Vineyards in Templeton. The temperature dropped 20 degrees and the wind was howling (the latter making driving an overloaded trailer very interesting).

Here are some shots of the viognier being picked. I know, why am I standing around with a camera while everyone else is working? Well, they were just finishing as I got there (that's my story and I'm sticking to it).

It was a super late night in the winery. Besides pressing this beautiful viognier, I barreled-down the sauvignon blanc and "pitched" the yeast. That means the first batch of 2007 wine is underway. I finally left the winery at 2am. Ah, now it's beginning to feel a lot like harvest!

I'm keeping this short, since I'm back up to the San Lucas Vineyard in Southern Monterey County. Our warm-climate chardonnay being picked as I write this. I gotta get my rear up there!


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