As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, our 2014 pinot harvest is finally in the crusher, despite farmer suddenly bursting out in shingles a few days before!
I love this photo taken by farmer at 6AM. He is an excellent photographer, especially with his “real” camera. None of this “sissy stuff” for him.
Notice the dripping wires from the cold, foggy night?
Our nighttime temperatures are starting to dip into the low 50’s while shooting up close to 90 during the day. Perfect pinot weather!
If you look closely, you can see the grapes fall into his bin. Why they don’t lose fingers is a miracle!
You can always tell the grapes are ready because the vineyard begins to look tired and shriveled.
A few weeks prior, the grapes looked nothing like this.
They were plump and shiny without the brownish cast they develop as they approach raisins!
It can be tricky, between weather, the winery and heat, determining exactly when the grapes are perfectly ready.
The winery has it’s hands’ full, harvesting all around the area.
Ours is only one of the vineyards they harvest, while it is our ONLY vineyard.
As we wait and watch racoon, squirrel, mice, wasps and deer enjoy the sweet fruit, patience and nerves can become frayed.
But in the end, another plentiful harvest!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
fluttering from the autumn tree.