6 O'CLOCK IN CALISTOGA
Picking grapes is an early activity we learned. It can get hot during the day in Napa and the heat can change the sugar composition of grapes. Picking at night keeps sugar levels stable due to much lower temperatures. So we gathered in the freezing cold morning for coffee and to pick grapes and learn about winemaking. A friend had invited us to help pick a few fields and enjoy lunch with his family at his home in Napa and it sounded like a fun experience and a change to meet familiar and new faces.
We mainly picked grapes from old head pruned Zinfandel plants. Not sure how old the plants were, but they seemed very old. We ended up picking 500 kg of grapes and some plants gave as much as 20 kg each. The grapes tasted very sweet.
FUN IN THE FIELD
Picking grapes at this pace with friends is not a chore. We had a good time getting to know each other, watching the hot air balloon fly by and learning a lot about wine production from our friend who is a wine hobbyist.
Winemaking is a family business. Here is the next generation of the Jeberg wine dynasti. Henrik just planted his first wineyard, but we will have to wait some time to pick that :-).
Thank you for letting us join you, Henrik. We look forward to tasting the result of this mornings effort. We had a great time.