It is almost Thanksgiving, the most beautiful time of year in wine country.
Looking around we see the fall leaves in piles everywhere, drifting against
the trees up our driveway, coating the rows in the vineyards and blending
with the new green grasses in our orchards. The colors are so vivid - reds,
oranges, yellows, browns. I think they are what we remember the most about
fall at any other time of year, a kaleidoscope of warm colors. How fitting
for Thanksgiving, a warm family holiday.
It’s sure nice to slow down now for it’s been a packed year for us. Where did
the months go? Our very busy event season has finally wound down and it seems
like harvest (September 6th this year) just passed by. With all the nerves
leading up to choosing the perfect day for harvest each year - all the
testing, retesting, discussions and samples taken and all the watching and
waiting - it can feel almost like awaiting child birth. When finally the day
dawns - the heavens are aligned and everyone has agreed - it’s time! - the
grapes are ready! - our new crop arrives in the early dawn amid a scramble of
activity. When all is said and done, when all the vines have finally been
freed from their heavy burdens, when all our grapes are finally resting in
the tanks at the winery, we know then that our new crop has finally been
This year’s crop, our
2014 harvest, has been enjoying its new life for a little over two months.
Resting quietly in the barrel after all the hoopla of harvest it gets to
slumber through the winter and next spring. Over this next year the most
useful tool of wine making, time, will work its magic on the lush juice held
within the barrels, transforming it from mere grape juice into our next
vintage of delicious Pinot Noir wine. As with our 2013 harvest now finishing
up its maturing in the bottle, what a wonderful transformation it will be! We
cannot wait to taste it! It’s just a matter of time...
As we wait for our new ‘babies’ to mature, we can definitely enjoy our 2012
vintage Pinot Noir, on hand now but supplies are quickly depleting. It’s the
perfect accompaniment for Holiday entertaining. Delicious with any menu, it
brings pleasure to every meal and social gathering. It also makes a great
gift for the wine lover who appreciates a fine wine that’s drinkable now or
can be laid aside for later.
Dan and Jan
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