Message In A Bottle

Wine Grapes

Picking GrapesMonica in the Vineyard

Vineyard 1I'm in heaven. This place is incredible. I know, I know I've said that about each farm I've been too but really this place is amazing. I'm surrounded by a sea of beautiful grapevines. Each morning I wake up to the sound of gun shots going off to scare the birds away but it's a beautiful reminder of where I am so it's worth the noise in the AM. These are the kind of gun shots you want to hear outside your door if ya' know what I mean. Cinematographer Michael Seresin owns this place and what a unique place this is. This vineyard has it's own veggie/herb garden we harvest from to eat and feed the rest of the crew working here, a cow to milk (which I did this morning all by hand - no machines), chickens for fresh eggs (can't get enough), compost making and collecting lactating cow shit for soil preparation just to name a few jobs around the farm. Most importantly everything is organically and biodynamically grown, hand-tended and hand-picked. They really put in a lot of work and care to preparing the soil which is used to make a compost tea they spray (of course all natural) on the produce, herbs & grapevines. The results are quality grapes and produce and it shows. So far this has been my favorite farm/vineyard. The people here are so knowledgeable and passionate about the land and what it offers.

RelaxingI got to harvest grapes for the first time the other day. We hand picked Pinot Noir. They grow several grapes here including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, & Riesling. Majority of the grapes are Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Both very good. I got to do a tasting the other day...well, it seems like I'm doing a tasting everyday hence the lack of posts lately. All I do is drink wine here and I love it! I work hard and play hard. It's a good balance. I'm so excited to be a part of the harvest. There's something about a vineyard that is so romantic and to be able to walk through them hand picking the grapes while the sun is shining is totally gratifying...well let me be honest, after a few hours of hand picking in the hot sun you tend to get really tired and it can become tedious but at least I had the smell of the grapes to keep me going and I got to munch on a few too so it wasn't all that bad. I will be harvesting again this weekend...for now, I hear the grapes calling but this time they're not calling from the vines...they've left a message in a bottle. Cheers.

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One Response to “Message In A Bottle”
  1. abby jenkins says:

    Hmmm.. maybe I should get a shotgun to scare off the damn starlings that are dominating my bird feeders....don't think my neighbors would be as understanding as you.

    Sounds like you are living the life my friend. Can't wait to come visit you in Chi town when you get back and hear all about it. Lots of love. xooox

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