Harvest Time in Napa

Grapes ready for wine

We had the wonderful opportunity to share the harvest festivities again with Peter and Patricia Kitchak at Kitchak Cellars in Napa last weekend. While not responsible for helping to actually pick grapes this year, we got to sleep in on Sunday after howling at the orange Super Moon on Saturday night! The grapes in the photo were picked before dawn, weighed, de-stemmed, sorted and put into the tank before the cool morning temperatures warmed up. The fruit benefits from being processed while the berries are still cool. Warm September days and cool nights made for an early harvest and we have high hopes and our fingers are crossed for another fabulous vintage. Anyone having the adventure of participating or watching the “harvest crush” firsthand,  gets a special peek at the complicated journey of grapes into wine. Cheers!

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