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At Berryessa Gap we are about 90% done with our harvest and the wines are already exciting me but we can talk about that later. For now, I want to make an observation and extend an invitation.
The observation is that wine is becoming a common agricultural product in our region. When we started we were pretty much the only show in town. Historically, wine was no stranger to the west side of Yolo County but it had been on vacation for a good number of years. Now, we commonly see grapes on the roadway making their way to our winery, Turkovich, Rominger-West, Putah Creek and many more. Watch out tomatoes!
The invitation is to join many of the area’s wineries for a weekend of wine tasting and special events. The region’s wineries have joined together to form “Roots to Wine” and we are organizing a Passport Weekend, October 8 and 9. You can find details at www.rootstowine.com but the idea is that as you travel from winery to winery you will find interesting food and activities to go with our great wines. Sort of a giant open house. Please come and join all of us. How can you miss and who would have thought!
I meant to write about the ripening berries but while I put that off the fruit actually ripened. All our white varieties are now in the winery and fermenting. “All” you say, “how many do you have”? Well this year we have a lot. Crazy? Well maybe, but we are taking the same approach we took to pick our red varieties. We are making more varieties of white wine than we will probably settle on in an effort to learn which do best in our region and hands. It will be an exciting adventure. Always good to open your eyes to new opportunities and excitement, you never know what treasures you will find.