The excitement of GOTR Walla Walla Stopover (8/13-14/2015) still reverberating throughout the valley we received two white grapes early this week, Tuesday to be precise. Insane to think that grape harvest is well underway in mid-August; we are far from the first to bring in fruit. So, what do you do when the fruit arrives and the forklift you need to dump the grapes into the press doesn’t work? You leave that to the owner and you go into the vineyards to pull samples because you know there are a few more varietals needing to be scheduled for picking.
The next morning we still had no forklift, so we started to press our seven tons of fruit in the early afternoon. Not ideal, but we didn’t have a choice. It was still dark for another two hours after I fell into bed exhausted, but we did it!
I returned to clean the press within the same 24 hour period. Bottling of the 2013 reds is scheduled to take place on Monday, so all of the preparation for bottling (i.e. racking and filtering) will round out our first week of 2015 Crush. Oh, already two of the three grapes we anticipated coming in are scheduled right after bottling. Stay tuned, this looks like it will be a crazy harvest year!