Nights are cooler and as the sun rises, there’s a gentle fog that graces the rows of grapes along the Russian river valley . Redwood trees dot the distant hills and the trees are turning from green to golden red. It’s harvest time in wine country. Fall is the best time to visit the Sonoma County Wine country and immerse yourself in the wine making process. There are often many wineries that will take you on tours of their facilities to catch a glimpse of the harvest process and you can speak with the wine makers themselves and ask that hard pressed question on everyone’s mind: “How is 2012 going to turn out?!”.
Here at the Raford, we picked and crushed 225 pounds of grapes from our 30 Pinot Noir plants on Monday, Labor Day, with some help from our friends. It is now undergoing primary fermentation. When that is complete, in about a week, it will be pressed into wine. This looks to be the best Pinot Harvest yet. Dane is now preparing for a bountiful harvest and crush of the 250 Zinfandel plants that grace the front of our property, which should take place around the first of October. This year we are very optimistic about our grapes. Let us know next time you’re staying here or even if you’re in the area if you’d like to take our complimentary tour of the whole process!