We love this time of year at the old schoolhouse, as everyone eagerly anticipates the arrival of the Class of 2011. With the recent heat, the grapes are actually getting riper, the reds are all pretty much turned and their colors are deepening. Take a look at this Pinot! It’s spectacular, and we are testing sugars and sampling for flavors as we get the crush pad ready for its return to duty. We anticipate our first grapes to arrive within the next 10 days, if the heat continues.
With afternoon temperatures well into the mid 90s, this is perfect ripening weather. The Pinot is already netted, as the birds have begun to peck holes in the grapes: they don’t care whether they are ripe or not! And now, they taste extra scrumptious, come on up and taste for yourself!
September 10 and 11: Capitola Art and Wine Festival – the biggest wine, food, music and art fest on the coast
September 10 & 11: Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival. Burrell School Pinot is featured as part of a first ever Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Introspective!
September 17: Grazing on the Green – in Aptos. You’ve never tasted food like this, or had so many good wines! All for a great cause – this is the big fundraiser for Santa Cruz Cancer Benefit and Jacob’s Heart.
September 23: Autumn begins. Time for “Fall For Our Mountains!” a perfect time to visit all the Summit to Sea Wineries. Enjoy two for one tasting and get special discounts on wines you’ll be sure to fall for! Stock up on 06 Pinot before it’s all gone!
September 24: Los Gatos Wine Walk
September 28: Campbell Wine Walk
All month long – September is California Wine Month – drink California wine, celebrate the harvest of 2011 and take a moment to thank everyone who works so hard in the fields, in the vineyards, in the cellar, on the crushpad – and let’s not forget the breweries, because it takes a lot of good beer to make great wine!