First grapes for 2014 are coming in for Lagana Cellars

Sagemoor Sauvignon Blanc slated to be picked Saturday, August 30th!
Sagemoor Sauvignon Blanc slated to be picked Saturday, August 30th!

This afternoon we deliver bins to Sagemoor Vineyards to have Sauvignon Blanc grapes picked on Saturday.  Labor Day weekend won’t be a kick-backed weekend after all.  This morning I had an exam and tentative plans to visit family for the weekend – not going to happen and that is quite all right.  We will be processing the Sauv Blanc later in the weekend for Lagana Cellars.

There have been Facebook posts from various Walla Walla wineries picking and processing fruit.  College Cellars pressed some early Riesling, also from Sagemoor Vineyards, for a sparkling wine.  Muscot Ottonel will soon follow from Schnorr Vineyard, if you have been reading my posts, that is the first vineyard I picked from last year.  (You can read about it here.)

College Cellars first year students preparing equipment for harvest.
College Cellars first year students preparing equipment for harvest.
Forklift class practice; watching them brings memories of last year's class to mind.
Forklift class practice; watching them brings memories of last year’s class to mind.

Putting up the bird netting a couple of weeks ago I met a few of this year’s first-year students.  Chris was hosing out bins while Matt (not pictured) was waiting his turn to practise on the forklift.  There is nothing like jumping into the program at the very beginning of Harvest.  There is so much to learn, so many things to observe, do and experience that might not make lots of sense at first, but it helps bring home many of the lectures later on.

With due respect for those suffering losses from the Northern California earthquake earlier this week, drought issues throughout the state and the severe bud damage in Northeast, this is shaping up to be another fabulous harvest in the Pacific Northwest!

Cheers!

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