For our 4th harvest, I have changed a bit our "routine" with NEW habits. And I have surely been helped by Angels (probably you, Dear supporters) who have tuned it to be a very successful and LUCKY vintage.
Our routine has been a little changed this year. The first NEW thing was to offer our Dear pickers beer on tab. And, boy, this Alp Mirco-Brewry of "Alphand" was really, like his ski founder, World Champion Class. The secong NEW thing was that, for the frist time, the US team was the biggest in numbers. And it was actually even more bigger when NEW 83 years old Lou showed up to help harvest (his very first one) vines that are almost his age. Lou was a bit younger when the Pink Floyd played that song and music has been a NEW addition to bring the good spirit while harvesting. In order to also relax, we also took some Yoga with Sara and the last NEW addition this year has been the "official" harvest diploma that all our Dear pickers got in reward to their efforts.
But this vintage has not been so easy despite its defintive quality. Even if the big LUCK was to get almost 2 weeks with rains, the odds could had been quite problematical...True is that, after having picked the rosé, we had some welcoming rains which have permitted to compensate for the very dry summer and bring a bit more juice to our berries. On the pure mecanical side, we had 3 minor ones with our old machines falling apart but even if at 3 occasions, the harvest in our trailer could have ended on the road, we managed by chance to save them and I even saved my soul one time... And just fater we brought back our last grapes to the cellars, some heavy rains and even some hail came from the sky but soon after the LUCKY awesome rainbow showed up as amessge to tell us that Angels were with us their years.
But harvest is actually not finished for me as I have decided, after my crush on Etna to go back there...and make some wines next week with my friend Ciro Biondi. Harvest there happen to be in October which permits me to do both. While there, I will meet with my Friend Robert Camuto who will be back to the US to sign his great book on the West Coast. If you are around, you are invited to meet him. Here is the link for his coming events.
And on my side, I have been also a bit under the "light" recently as I was invited to a TV show that you can watch (in French) via this link (note that depending on computers, the media player does not work). And we were also very happy to see our Mistral red 2008 rewarded with one star in the very respected Guide Hachette des Vins.
Our Dear Vines are now resting after having delivered their babies which are still fermenting in our very aromatic cellars. They will then get into some deserved sleeping before waking up in next Spring. It will then be time to consider another NEW vintage, hopefully as LUCKY as this one.
As I said earlier (when I wrote it last week), I was supposed to continue my harvest marathon in...Sicily. But, during our harvest, I managed to loose both my ID and Passport and, this time, I was not LUCKY enough to pass the security with my driving license. I am now back at the farm, managing my Sicilian harvest "online" with my Ciro who has been so kind to understand my situation. Please join your spirits to mine for this Sicilian harvest on which you will be posted, of course...and here is the first video of the grapes.
PS : All harvest videos can be watched by login to my Youtube channel (jmespinasse). Photo Album will put added as I receive them. For now, you can watch Elizabeth's super pro ones.