Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Harvest Complete in the Vineyards

Harvest is complete in the vineyards and Dutchess is dog tired. Personally, I think she's a bit depressed as she loved hanging with the winemakers. The last fruit arrived in Monday morning-our late harvest Sauvignon Blanc. So the remaining work to do is happening on our crush pad and in our tanks. The winemakers are hard at work punching down and monitoring the fermentation's. Downfall is Dutchess doesn't understand why she can't help and supervise. Dan is now to the point that she can help prep the empty barrels prior to them being filled with wine. She works on cleaning up the water from that process.

As for the the wines in tank-they're really darn good. Dan spends 3-4 mornings a week tasting me through each wine. Worst part of this was a photographer was on the crush pad shooting Dan and I and I really did not want to be filmed spitting. Let me just say-my stomach was far from happy that day. It seems like I should have a favorite for the harvest but not yet-they are all going to be really special in their own way. Dutchess has her favorite-Sauvignon Blanc! Some thing just never change.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rain and Wine Tasting

Today it's pouring rain and Dutchess' first choice is to be outside and mine is to be home in front of the fireplace. However, reality takes both of us to the winery as there is work to be done. Our first task is checking on the winemakers and status of the wines in tanks usually. Today, Dutchess decided that she needed to stay and supervise-she didn't want Dan or me to go into the office and work. She's a pure Labrador!

What can I say but Dutchess knew something I did not-people would be coming to taste today. She absolutely refused to come into the office-she sat in breezeway waiting to greet everyone. She walked in everyone into the tasting room and would sit by the fire for awhile. Downfall was she was restless and would want to go for a walk every hour! Wet dog, fire place and tasting wine-you can only imagine. People were happy from start to finish today. They were looking for a good time and experience and hopefully, that is what we provided.

I couldn't help but wonder if I would go wine tasting in the rain. I think so with the right people. Sitting by a fire tasting different wine sounds like it's worth braving the rain. One thing I did observe was the fact many of the tasters met new friends in our tasting room. Many ended up going to lunch and other wineries with each other. Sounds like a good day overall on a rainy wine country day.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Maple Zinfandel Being Pressed Off Today

Yes-what you see is the inside of the tank and part of the step that Dan is doing today. First, he pumped much of the juice into the tank and the next step is digging out the tank so he can press off the Maple Zinfandel. I have to be honest, it's a fun time on the crush pad. The smells are out of this world. It's even more fun as they ready the wine to enter the barrels. Just wanted everyone to quickly see what's happening. And no fears, I'm not getting into the tank to shovel unless Dan really needs me because Dutchess would want to help!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October Harvest Update

Just a quick not to give everyone an update of 2009 Harvest. Zinfandel is due in tomorrow and Saturday (yes, during Oktoberfest so the winemakers will be working). The Saralee Chardonnay arrives Friday and when that happens, all our whites will finally be in house. Wet weather is predicted so Kerry and Dan have made the call to bring in the Estate Syrah and Petite Sirah. Cabernet can handle some moisture so it will stay on the vine for awhile longer. Maybe come Monday we'll be half way through harvest.