Mother Nature dealt yet another woe to North Coast grape growers last week, as 105+ degree temperatures were experienced throughout the area. What made the situation particularly dire was the fact that many growers had trimmed the canopies of the vines to allow more air circulation to combat potential mildew. This left the grape bunches susceptible to sunburn. Vineyards with a southern exposure were affected the most. Warm weather is continuing, and we may see some harvest action within the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Evelyn and the cellar crew have finished the bottling for the moment, and the crew is busy inspecting and preparing equipment, cleaning and getting ready. Vineyard inspections are picking up as well.
We have entered nine wines in this year’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair, with the Awards Night scheduled for September 28th. Meanwhile, Laurie continues her travels throughout the state, opening new markets as she goes.
Kaitlyn and Greg are meeting and greeting an ever increasing number of visitors to the Tasting Room. With the busy season upon us, 2010 should be our best year ever.
Never a dull moment. With the harvest upon us, the Harvest Fair coming up, our fall President’s Club party on the wings – we barely have time enough to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine. But we do.
President, Taft Street Winery