Monday, October 29, 2007

Fruit is picked!

Hello All,

Saturday was yet another fantastic day of harvest as Vellum's friends and family gathered in Napa to pick our last vineyard of the season -- 9 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon.

We started at 7:00 am, gathered around a campfire, with Karl instructing the crew on which clusters to harvest and which to leave on the vine. A full week of sunshine had dried out the grapes, concentrating the sugars and intensifying the flavors. Karl guided the harvest by removing clusters ahead of the crew - he pulled all of the grapes that had dried out or been snacked on by wildlife.

A slight dew was present on the grapes while we were picking, which made them look white in the flash of the cameras. And I was proud to clip the first cluster of the day with my Dad!

Thank you to everyone who joined us: Jerry and Marsha Linstad, Bill and Robyn Mathy, Mary and Ralph Burklow, Kate Olbrantz, Ashley Humann, Pam Linstad and family, and Michael and Barbara Hirst.

The Cabernet is now crushed and in its fermentation tank. We will inoculate with yeast today to begin the winemaking process.

REMINDER TO VELLUM INVESTORS: Vellum's Harvest Party is this Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Call Jeff to R.S.V.P. at 714.726.4369.

Enjoy the photos!

- Jeff

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