Serendipity Sunday: Harvest Time is Nearing!

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A couple of weeks ago, when we were up in the wine country,  I noticed that the canopies of the grape vines were being trimmed back.  Pictured above is the view of the Gainey Vineyard.  The long branches are part of the canopy.  

Trimming the canopies means that the grapes are ready for more sun and do not need as much shade for the ripening process.  We think that these are Chardonnay grapes, pictured above.  

 

They are the first to ripen, and usually are harvested in late August of early September.  It depends on the judgment of the vineyard manager and on the weather gods.

 

The next step will be netting the vines to prevent birds and other creatures from eating the fruit.  At one point the tasting and the testing of the Brix (sugar factor) will determine the start of harvest...

 

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."

~ Galileo Galilei

 

 

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Comments (36)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne Martin we plan to do that soon, and check out some of the wineries during the week prior to our nephew and his wife's visit in late August.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat Palmiotti They have netting down to a science.  It used to be clumsy and annoying task...they have rolls attached at the edge of the row, and all you have to is unwind it over the row.  They do leave some grapes that are not perfect for the birds later on.  It is also for their protection, as those flyers get drunk and flop.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:45 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty one of the wineries we belonged to had a vineyard tour and outdoor eating event.  I walked with the vineyard manager and educated myself.  She is there every day, checking all kinds of factor literrally reading the leaves.  One of my favorite wineries in your area is Lava Cap.  When we were there to taste, we ended up buying. a case one or two of each of the wines we had enjoyed.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Will Hamm It is an arduous process, the vineyards are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy Kelley it is looking really good so far.  Luckily the valley gets the heat and cooling breezes...Our weather has remained on the cool side.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I enjoy agriculture of all types!  We also enjoy drinking wine, and have been students of the process.  Like with everything, we both love learning.  Have a delightful week.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib between the deer and the birds, it is a chore to keep most of the fruit for commerce or personal enjoyment...In Napa, they build eagle and other raptors platforms for nesting...that takes care of many critters.  A

Jul 25, 2021 11:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® it has been at least 10 years since we actually visited the wine room at Gainey.  Their location is perfect for me to jump out of the car and take pictures as we head home...They do make good wines.  A

Jul 25, 2021 12:01 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Harvest time has arrived in our yard as the tomatoes are excellent and we enjoyed the lettuce before the wildlife destroyed it

Jul 25, 2021 12:06 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Ron and Alexandra - there certainly is much vine tending to make a good wine grape.

Jul 25, 2021 12:07 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

The beautiful skies of wine country, photos of vineyards and grapes, time to go tasting. The addition of tasting rooms in business plazas and large shopping centers is a recent trend here among local growers. Is this the case in CA? 

Store fronts do not offer the same abiance as a the drive and view of the vineyards while tasting but stores do provide us a quicker way to find and purchase local wines.

Jul 25, 2021 01:29 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great pictures A. Ron and Alexandra Seigel but I hate to even hear the word harvest. It seems like summer has just arrived.

Jul 25, 2021 02:03 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bob "RealMan" Timm everything has its timing.  As I mentionned in previous comments, it seems early to me for the harvest.  However, they have had a hot summer and that usually dictates timing...We have had a very cool summer (no complaints here).  A

Jul 25, 2021 02:23 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Ed Silva I saw the munching rabbit at your home.  He wants to know what kind of dressing to put on it?

Jul 25, 2021 02:25 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kris Collis, Associate Broker you are right about store fronts.  We happen to dislike them immensely.  There is a wine trail of stores here in Santa Barbara, some feature several wine makers.  Living in Napa, we had more wineries than stores.  Further down the coast where there are wine making facilities for smaller vineyards,  they have tasting rooms with the ambiance of barrels of real wine making happening...I still like the winery experience.  A

Jul 25, 2021 02:28 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Grant Schneider yes, there is, and we both have basic knowledge!  We were invited while living in Napa to a winemakers tasting of fresh squeezed fruit.  These were the wines that would be mixed with a Cab for instance to soften it or add depth...Every taste was not pleasant, but they had trained palates and could pick out what the different flavors were.  I am still learning...A

Jul 25, 2021 02:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra:

There's a whole lot to the grape-growing and wine-making process I know nothing about. Thank you for the education, and for sharing wonderful photos.

Jeff

Jul 25, 2021 05:22 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff Dowler, CRS our knowledge is basic, we are working on improving, and we have so much more to learn.  It is fun learning!  A

Jul 25, 2021 08:27 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alexandra.

On our last visit to your state we saw so many rows of grapes dotting the countryside.  It ws a beautiful sight, not one I see around my area

Jul 26, 2021 12:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There are few things that seem more bountiful than a visit to wine country, near harvest.

Jul 28, 2021 01:17 AM