|It's amazing how much things can change in 24 hours. Yesterday I went out to the crush pad to find the crew busy with last minute harvest preparations. Cleaning tanks, making sure the crusher/destemmer is in good working form, calibrating the lab equipment, etc. Today, all hell broke loose! We received our first load of grapes at 6:45 a.m. Normally I hear the trucks roll in with their unmistakable "kaboom" sound as the metal gondolas rattle along the bumpy road en route to the winery. For some reason, I didn't hear a thing this morning. So when I arrived, I was surprised to hear we had already brought in our first load of fruit.
The weather is rather temperate right now, so I view it as a "soft" start... a nice way to rev up for what will likely become a fast and furious harvest. So far, the 2012 summer has provided near perfect conditions - a long warm summer with plenty of cool evenings and foggy mornings. And no nasty rain mid season to mess things up. Of course, a lot can change... I don't want to jinx it!
As we approach the busy Labor Day Weekend (we've got 2 huge events and a fancy dinner in the cellar) think of all those hard working grapegrowers, winemakers, and cellar workers who are out there scrambling - trying to stay one step ahead of good ole Mother Nature!