This week was a blur, but we now have almost every block harvested from our Charles Vineyard. We picked nearly every day, with one night pick thrown into the mix. That meant that we picked at 6 a.m., processed fruit, tried to nap, picked that evening, tried to sleep for a few hours, then picked again the next morning. Whew!
Our Semillon is still hanging, and a block of Pinot we're selling to a winery in Sonoma. Otherwise, we're SO close! I imagine that by the week's end we'll be done and moved on to just the winery work.
We have two friends, Amy and David, helping us this week, which has been fantastic. There is less vineyard work to do, but twice daily punchdowns on the fermenting juice, berry samples to determine a pick date for our Semillon, and general tidying up and organizing the cellar after a week of chaos. We're so grateful to have them both!
So the next tasks in harvest land are picking and pressing Semillon into French oak barrels and continuing on with the other work here at the winery. And, of course, our Harvest Experience event on October 6th! Can't wait.