More Information about the "Pick"
These are "YOU-PICK"
grapes only. No machine harvested grapes, no pre-picked grapes. You pick
only the grapes you want directly off the
There is no minimum amount
of grapes that you must buy and no pre-commitment to purchase
The best way you know that you are getting good grapes is to
see them on the vine and taste them before you pick and
When do we
pick?: Usually on Saturday and/or Sunday, in the early morning, please don’t be
late. Picks start at the meeting place usually at 6:30am or 7:00am. We are usually done by 9:00
My emails announcing the "picks" will indicate the date, day, time and place to meet. You do
not need to reserve a space. Just show up on time for the pick.
It helps if you send me a short email in advance telling me you'll be at a
pick. Tell me what varietal(s) and how many pounds you want.
All these vineyards have easy access. You will be able to drive your car/truck near
Some pick dates are week days. If you can only make it on a weekday send
me an email and let me know what dates and I'll see if I can set up a pick for you (minimum of
There will be more than one pick date. Harvest will take
place over 8 to 12 weeks depending on the weather and how fast each vineyard ripens and is ready
to pick. In 2014/15 we did more than 20 picks each
I will be driving a Silver
06 Pontiac Vibe. My dog, Gentleman Jake,
will most likely be with me.
My cell # is (925) XXX-XXXX (I'll give it to you at harvest time)
There will be a
crusher/destemmer available for your use for a small fee (usually $20). You can crush and destem your grapes and take
the must home in your fermenter.
Bring buckets for picking
(food grade is best). Please use the same size buckets. Either 5 or 6 gallon buckets is okay.
All picked grapes will be weighed and you will know exactly the weight of the grapes you picked. I now
have a portable scale which can weigh up to 600 lbs of grapes at a time.
Blue bucket 5 gallon, White bucket 6 gallon.
Bring fermenters/trash cans/(whatever)
to dump your buckets full of grapes into for the trip to the cursher/destemmer (not far away) or to haul
your grapes home.
32 gallon fermenter
Don't expect us to furnish anything that you
need or forgot to bring. If you didn't bring it with you,
it ain't there.
Bring your buckets, fermenter, trash cans, gloves, cutter, hat, boots, food, water,
S02, dry ice, (wine?) whatever you need to pick and haul the grapes, or must, back home with
There are no facilities at most vineyard sites at all. Bring everything you need.
Bring money, CASH ONLY, small
bills. No Checks or Credit Cards and I don't make
It's okay to bring 5 or 6 gallon buckets or other size containers for picking.
And a larger container to place your picked grapes into (fermentor or
Do not bring kids, the dog, grandma
(unless she's a picker), picnic lunch to enjoy with the family, etc. These are working vineyards.
Our job is to get in, get the grapes, and get out.
We would love for you to make a day of
it in the vineyards with your family, but we are not set up for that. I suggest that after the pick
you go to a local park for family recreation. Thanks for understanding.
You are NOT welcome to show up late, at the vineyard, just because you know
where we are picking. My agreement with the vineyard owners is that I meet with everyone at the designated
time and place for a review of the days pick before driving to the vineyard.
Got questions or comments? Email
I'll see you at the pick.
Did you know...
Mourvèdre (also known as
Monastrell) is a red
variety that is grown in many regions around the world including
the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla denominación de
origens of Spain, California and Washington
State and the Australian regions of South
Australia and New South
Wales. In addition to making red varietal wines, Mourvèdre is a prominent component in "GSM" (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) blends. The variety is also used to make rosé and port-style fortified
Mourvèdre tends to produce tannic wines that can be high in alcohol. The
style of wine produced from the grapes varies greatly according to where it is produced, but according to
wine expert Jancis
Robinson Mourvèdre wines often have wild game and/or earthy notes
to them, with soft red fruit flavors. According to wine expert
Oz Clarke, young Mourvèdre can come across as faulted due to the reductive, sulfur notes and "farmyard-y" flavors that some wines can exhibit
before those flavors mellow with age.
The variety can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring "its face in the hot sun
and its feet in the water" meaning that it needs very warm weather, a low
leaf-to-fruit ratio but adequate water or irrigation to produce intensely flavored fruit
that is not overly jammy or herbaceous. The vines' susceptibility to
many viticultural hazards such as powdery and downy
mildew as well as overly vigorous foliage can present additional
problems for vine growers.