Well, we harvested our last grapes yesterday, Cabernet Franc. They came in at 22 brix and I am happy with them. Rain is predicted for the next 3 days and again next week, so at least I don't have that to worry about any more. We will still be processing some grapes, however, as Sanders Ridge Vineyards has a few more varieties to harvest. We are making their wine at our winery as construction heads towards completion on theirs.
Work in the cellar continues to be intense as we try to get barrels re-hydrated and the red wines that were pressed and settling transferred into them, as well as racking the finished whites off their lees to keep them healthy. Getting those reds into tanks is a must (no pun intended) as we need the tanks for the next grapes coming in. And so the cycle keeps going. It is a very intense schedule and we are all tired. But, as a winemaker, anticipating the end result is what keeps me going.