It’s August, and that means harvest is imminent. We’ve netted the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and we’ll be bottling some of the 2010 and 2011 vintages, emptying barrels and freeing them up for vintage 2012.
It looks like we’re in for a serious heat wave over the coming week, which will hasten the process of veraison, and bring the grapes closer to ripeness as the summer cranks into high gear. We might be looking at Pinot in the picking bins before the end of the month!
In the tasting room, you’ll be able to sample fresh grapes and juice as harvest approaches. And the enclosed fermentation room in the new building will be in service very soon. So many changes and upgrades this year around the old schoolhouse. Exciting!!
August Bottling Days, Wednesday, August 8th and Wednesday, August 15th. Our bottling crew and talented volunteers will be hard at work bottling 1656 cases of wine including 2 new wines—2010 Prom Night and 2011 Class Clown (100% old vine Carignane). Bottling is always such a hustle and bustle, as Dave gets to play with what Anne calls the world’s largest toy train set!
Music in the Mountains, Friday, August 10th at Nestldown here in the mountains, a benefit for Cabrillo Music Festival.
August Four-Pack: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel–$89 (a $134 value).
Come stock up for those end of summer parties! The school year is about to begin. You might need some wine with that!