So this morning, I helped Roland harvest the first of our grapes. He's an old pro at this - he's been making wine for close to 20 years. I have enjoyed drinking wine for well over 30. Big difference from making it to drinking it.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The grapes are so beautiful and taste wonderful. Of course when I tasted them, I'm eating profits. Roland was "Quality Control." Right.
One thing I found out is that bugs of all kinds, love to live under those vines. I had on a t-shirt and jeans, covered in OFF and even had one of those little fan/bug spray things hanging off the back of my shirt. Still got bit. And met a few of my buddies, the slugs. Ugh.
It made me fully appreciate all the people who worked to give me my first bottle of Boone's Farm wine all those years ago to today. Picking grapes is hard work that no machine can do.
So here's a picture of my first harvest - the 3 buckets I picked!