We’re having a good harvest this year in the Santa Ynez Valley, and a good one from our small Oak Savanna Vineyard here at Rancho La Zaca. Last year a late frost spelled disaster. So we will toast this year to the heat and sunshine that makes these babies ripen. I will not bring up how it was 90 degrees inside the house one day and His Grump I mean His Grace will not turn on the air conditioning. My pointing out that we were not growing grapes inside the house did not seem to help.
They pick the grapes in the middle of the night these days, so the fruit stays cool and doesn’t begin to ferment too soon. There is merriment in the air and a sense of celebration. Singing and whistling and what not.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not much of a whistler at 4 in the morning. This man does not look like he’s whistling to me:
This has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years, and so it shall continue.
Here is Andrew himself, with our vineyard manager Felipe Hernandez, who is also the maker of Feliz Noche wines in the spare time he cannot possibly have. Felipe is a heck of a guy, and you can read his story here. He’s the kind of guy you’d say, Felipe, can we build a jungle gym in the living room with a pink slide and a purple hippopotamus on top? And Felipe would say, “no problem.”
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Top photo by me, the rest by Andrew and Kristen Murray. Thank y’all.