Harvest 2014, Part 2

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Wow! I didn’t realize how many more pictures I had to share from my Sonoma harvest experience. About 92 of them are shots of the grapes arriving because they are just crazy beautiful but there were some other fun and insightful moments too. Oh, and if you are a hater of fruit flies like myself you will want to scroll all the way to the bottom…you’re welcome.

Enjoy part 2 and it case you missed it you can check out part 1 HERE.

Start of day two and I got to see the sun rise over the Russian River Valley with the fog nestled in tight, stunning

Start of day two and I got to see the sun rise over the Russian River Valley with the fog nestled in tight, stunning

 

A trip up to the hilltop vineyard in the afternoon

A trip up to the hilltop vineyard in the afternoon

 

Juice being drained from the tanks

Juice being drained from the tanks, look closely, that is a gigantic strainer and below is all the juice

 

Roll up your sleeves, it's time to work

Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to work

 

Look to the back of that tank...there is a lot of pumice to move, about 12 of those bins full

Look to the back of that tank…there is a lot of pumice to move, about 12 of those bins full

 

one tank

one tank down…they do up to 8 or 10 a day (I can’t recall)

 

These were grapes, now they will become fertilizer and be tilled back into the soil

These were grapes, now they will become fertilizer and be tilled back into the soil

 

Getting dirty

Getting dirty

 

No really, I was getting super dirty

No really, I was getting super dirty

 

Casey and I finishing up this tank...make sure to check her blog out over at Rooted: You

Casey and I finishing up this tank…make sure to check her blog out over at Rooted: You

 

Can you tell I was proud of myself? I was, I worked on this whole tank from start to finish

Can you tell I was proud of myself? I was, I worked on this whole tank from start to finish

 

All of the pumice is brought here to this open field once it's done at the winery and turned several times a day until it is fertilizer, it is then brought back to the vineyards and worked into the soil

All of that dark stuff is the pumice which is brought here to this open field once it’s done at the winery and turned several times a day until it is fertilizer, it is then brought back to the vineyards and worked into the soil

 

Helping with pump-overs, which literally pumps the juice back over the top of the tank to help reincorporate the skins that have been pushed to the top during fermentation

Helping with pump-overs, which literally pumps the juice back over the top of the tank to help reincorporate the skins that have been pushed to the top during fermentation

 

Filling barrels

Filling barrels

 

Oh yeah, there is a lot of science involved...real deal science

there is a lot of science involved…real deal science

 

Farmer John and his grapes

Farmer John and his grapes

 

One of way too many grape arrival photos because I think it is so beautiful

One of way too many grape arrival photos because I think it is so beautiful

 

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Here they are instantly de-stemmed and sent to their next destination

 

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Last but certainly not least, this is a carnivorous plant that actually traps and kills those mother f*$#&ng fruit flies that dominate all of our kitchens every summer, it is called a capensis plant and I am getting one immediately. I saw it in action, it works!

Last but certainly not least, this is a carnivorous plant that actually traps and kills those mother f*$#&ng fruit flies that dominate all of our kitchens every summer, it is called a capensis plant and I am getting one immediately. I saw it in action, it works!

I have a few more quick videos too…

Here are the guys raking the tanks, making it look far easier than it is and with smiles on their faces (some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with!).


After the grapes are dropped by the trucks they are instantly de-stemmed and the stems are sent directly to a waiting truck to go to the compost pile.

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