As I drive through Napa Valley on my way to work every morning, I am reminded that harvest is in the air... literally. As harvest season progresses, you can smell the decaying stems and skins from the first fermentations. It is always a very positive smell for the first few days, as it captures the essence of fermentation. And then it kind of goes sour, which reminds us that fermentation, after all, is a spoilage process.
I recently saw some pictures from a fellow Virginia Tech alum and his recent harvest at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard in Virginia (http://www.zephwine.com/Z/Welcome.html). First of all, the pictures were very well done. They completely captured the feel of a long harvest day in Virginia. The grapes were well colored and ready to be picked, a line of workers were out laughing and picking in the wee hours of the morning. The start of fermentations progressed well into the evening hours at the old farm house. And of course, the day wouldn't be complete without cracking open a bottle of an older vintage wine after all the work is accomplished! It made me incredibly homesick, as harvest isn't the same in Napa Valley. So I crawled to find another fun, but humorous, harvest memory. An oldie, but goodie:
Click on the link to watch the video, and enjoy!