Last week, our friends Don and Lynne Smith came for a visit from NJ. Being it was harvest time, I did my best Huck Finn impression and had them help me with picking/destemming/pressing and racking! They got to experience everything except bottling. Below are some other pictures of them enjoying the process!
Sometimes you can plan when to press and pick…sometimes it plans for you. Last week we had a hot spell and the Pinot for Turtle Vines had to be harvested. This week I thought I had another day of fermenting the Pommard clone…but when I checked at noon on the 9/17…it was ready! So…I really should have changed my white hemp shirt…but we just started pulling out and cleaning the pressing equipment. Three hours later we had 96 gallons of pressed juice. On 9/18 I inoculated with malolactic and will rack on 9/19 and add Xoakers (oak balls). The 667 clone will get pressed on 9/19. I think that will go to plan as the temperature had cooled off.