Harvest 2011 – Week 3 – The Pinot Commeth

We’ve begun harvesting Pinot Gris from the Central Coast vineyard, CatCanyon (also the source of the Emma Pearl Chardonnay).  Pinot Noir doesn’t seem to be too far behind in Brix so I’m sure we’ll start to see that soon as well.  Here atAstiwe have our first grapes scheduled for mid-next week however it’s mainly Sauvignon Blanc that is going to be opening our season up mixed with a bit of Pinot Gris.  The word from the Central Coast is that tonnages are down even from already reduced estimate numbers but given that we’re only 2 days in to it down there that may not be indicative of the entire harvest.  It should be an interesting season to say the least but we already knew that, right?


The weather has still been fabulous for both grapes and people with cool foggy mornings and moderately warm, sunny afternoons.  So far the forecast calls for more of the same with a slight cooling this weekend and then warming again next week.  I love it. The grapes love it.  Everyone is happy!


Personally, I love a bandage type harvest (If you get it done quickly it hurts less!).  You’re crazy busy for a little bit but you get a lot of work done and the season just flies by.  Before you know it, it will be Halloween and you’ll be breathing a sigh of relief.  Slow harvests seem to drag on forever.  It’s much better to be super busy than waiting for the next vineyard to ripen up. 


On the MW front, I’m now a little less than 3 weeks away from getting my results from this year’s exam.  I’m nervous and excited all at the same time which is a mildly uncomfortable feeling in itself.  Excited because I feel like I did well and nervous because I felt that way last year too and it didn’t turn out all that well for me.  Only time will tell for sure.


I’m excited about Fall as it seems to be showing up more and more now.  Our Bartlett pears are ripening as is my table grape vine (when I can get to the fruit before the raccoons do).  There are little signs in the trees that the chlorophyll is breaking down and little tinges of red and yellow are beginning to show through.  September is right around the corner and it’s time to begin thinking of fall decorations, spring bulb planting, and butternut squash and pumpkin bisque.


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