On Sunday we went to Gray Ghost to help harvest the chardonnay grapes. We do this every year and always have a good time. Here are some pictures from the day.
We all gathered very early in the morning.
Al Kellert told us all about the process.
Amy showed us what this year’s T-shirt looked like.
These are the grapes we were harvesting.
Here’s Warren harvesting the grapes.
During a break, Amy reminded us of a few things to remember when harvesting.
Al estimated we brought in more than 10 tons of grapes.
The grapes were put through the de-stemmer.
Then they were fed into the bladder press.
Here’s Al working the bladder press.
When we were all done we had a congratulatory toast.
And this is why we work so hard to harvest the grapes.
On Saturday evening we joined many of our wine trail friends for the annual Gray Ghost Winemaker’s Dinner at The Marriott Ranch. We enjoyed a delicious five course meal with Gray Ghost wines paired with each course. Al and Cheryl Kellert introduced each wine and talked about each vintage. The pairings were perfect of course. My favorite course and pairing was the trout schnitzel with the 2011 Gewürztraminer. I liked the trout schnitzel so much that I asked the chef after the dinner how he made it. I have a good idea of how to replicate the dish later. Everyone had a great time enjoying the food, the wine, and the company. I took a few pictures but not enough to completely document the meal. I was too busy enjoying the evening!
The Wine Trail Table