It's getting down to the wire. I can count the days we are going to be receiving more grapes on one hand. Not that we need a cause for celebration, but having all our vineyards picked and grapes inside the winery is a huge relief. Mother Nature has cooperated once again. All the checking and double-checking of weather reports, inevitably choosing the report that favors hanging the fruit on the vine longer, has paid off. I know I am a vineyard managers worst nightmare, as Jason will readily attest to. But, right now as we are busy making wine in the winery, I'm sure Jason is at home clean and rested, so his life is not all that bad.
I am going to make a prediction. Last year we were still putting wine into barrel the week before Christmas. This year we will be wrapping up picking just a few days shy of our last pick of 2007, which was on Halloween. (You might remember the photo of me in my impromptu costume made from my rain suit and duct tape... ) Anyhow, my prediction is this:
We will have all our wine in barrel by the first week of December. Generally it takes us about 28 days from the time we pick the grapes until we put the wine from those grapes into barrel. That would put the last pick, this Wednesday the 28th, scheduled to go into barrel about Thanksgiving. I know there will be wines that need more time, and possibly a few that need less time. But, by December third, the winery should be quiet again. That is reason enough for a wee celebration in my book. A little dance maybe? In the tradition of pallet trolley dancing, I bring you the 2008 version of the "Fruit is Almost in the Winery" pallet trolley dance.
It can be compared to the 2007 dance which is completely different!
Another Year, Another Reason To Dance on a Pallet Trolley!