The wineries will be bustling and the wonderful aroma of fermenting grapes will be in the air. This is my favorite time of year. I have been blessed in years past with the opportunity to be a part of the labor intensive harvest process and I look forward to being a part of it again this year. If you really want to see what wine making is all about and you are not afraid of grape juice showers, go down to your favorite Livermore winery and tell them you would like to volunteer to help with their harvest. I am sure they will be more than happy to have the help.
I made a stop into Fenestra on Friday to talk with them about their upcoming Harvest Wine Tasting event. September is California Wine Month and Fenestra is ready to celebrate with tastings of their newest releases: 2011 Verdelho, 2011 Chardonnay, 2008 Alvarelhao, 2009 Grenache, and the 2007 Tourvanillo.
If you have not been to Fenestra, Chardonnay and Grenache are probably the only names you recognize on the list of new releases. Fenestra has done a fantastic job of not following along with the trend of producing only the well known varietals. They have done a phenomenal job producing high quality wines from the little known Portuguese varietals. Delicious!!!
The Harvest Wine Tasting event will be featuring live music by Hit ‘n Run and I will be there making some hot and tasty wood fired pizza, which we have paired with the newly released wines. We will be going from 12:00 to 5:00 both Saturday and Sunday so be sure to stop by and say hello.