Monday, August 25th, was the longest day of harvest so far. There has been a huge problem with mildew this year, particularly on the Chardonnay grapes in the area. So every available person, including my assistant winemaker and me, were out in the Chardonnay field handpicking only the choicest bunches or portions of bunches to keep for our wine. It is a very tedious task, to say the least. We finally had all we could get by about 3:00 PM and headed back to the winery to process them. It is a mere 3 tons but it will be good.
As we wrapped up that pressing, a delivery of Chardonnay arrives from another grower. I make their wine too. By the time that gets crushed and pressed and we clean up, it is after 9:00 PM. Another day in the life of a winemaker.