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
A trip up to the hilltop vineyard in the afternoon
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
Look to the back of that tank…there is a lot of pumice to move, about 12 of those bins full
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
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
Can you tell I was proud of myself? I was, I worked on this whole tank from start to finish
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
there is a lot of science involved…real deal science
Farmer John and his grapes
One of way too many grape arrival photos because I think it is so beautiful
Here they are instantly de-stemmed and sent to their next destination
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.