The annual grape harvest is a culmination of all the blood, sweat and sacrifice that is put toward the land each year. The many months of preparation and painstakingly long hours lead up to this moment where a whirlwind dance of machines and manpower unite to collect the literal fruit of our labor. While the 2017 harvest was chaotic due to a late-season heat wave that caused a lot of fruit to ripen all at once, 2018 has been quite the opposite. It has been a very mild and cool summer in Carneros this year and the grapes have been lackadaisical in terms of ripening; which has lead to picking crews having to wait idly by and remain patient for the big show to finally start. However, now that harvest has officially commenced we shouldn't complain too much as the yields thus far have been outstanding.
Also, even though believe that each harvest is unique and special in its own way, it is important to point out that the 2018 harvest is noteworthy because it represents the first time that we have ever harvested our fruit with the intention of making our own wine from it. It is fair to say that we will always consider ourselves farmers above all else, but this is an exciting time as a new chapter of our family legacy is just being written. Come springtime next year, we will proudly be able to share our very first bottlings of the Ricci Vineyards label with all of you!
To all of you reading this that work in the wine industry, we want to wish you the very best of luck and success with your own harvests this year. In addition, we want to thank all of the members of our relentlessly hardworking and dedicated vineyard crew...we would cease to be without you rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty on a daily basis.
Here's to a great rest of harvest!
Starting a few years back, we decided it would be neat to host an annual party for family and friends to coincide with the 4th of July festivities. This year's event took place on the final weekend in June and although the event doesn't really have a name, it's still a complete blast all the same. This year we had a great turnout, both with humans and dogs alike! Pretty sure the finally tally was 13 dog attendees total, which is quite the pack.
Not to mention, we had about a baker's dozen of party goers pitch their tents and stay the night. We like to think that everybody was lulled to sleep by the comforting sounds of barn owls screeching in the night and bull frogs croaking by the pond ... or perhaps not (we at least find it comforting).
In any case, we would like to give a big 'thank you' to everybody that made the effort to come out and spend some time with us on the vineyard. It definitely was a fantastic day filled with good food and great times. We hope to see everyone soon and we can't wait to do it all again next year!
(Special thanks to Lorna Underhill and Katie Kohfeld for their photo contributions)
6/28/2018 0 Comments