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Harvest Blog 2009 – #1! by The Folie a Deux Harvest Intern
September 18, 2009, 3:33 am
Filed under: Harvest Adventures

Welcome to the Folie à Deux Harvest Blog for 2009!

Harvest is really getting started here at Folie à Deux, which is incredibly exciting since the last couple of weeks have been full of anticipation.

My first day on the job, I was a bit nervous with not knowing what to expect. That feeling was soon forgotten the moment I met the harvest crew. What an amazing group of guys and they are as friendly as family!

Here’s a short introduction of some of my Folie à Deux co-workers:

Vince a.k.a my boss. He calls the shots with a smile. J

Jordan, Jeorge, Ron, Pelon, Milo and Andy are some of my coworkers. They were so welcoming to the new interns and I’m incredibly impressed with their patience as they train us! I can already tell that there is a great closeness that can only come with a small cellar crew.

Joe Shirley—He’s the winemaker here at Folie à Deux. Since 2007, Joe’s been making Folie à Deux and before that he worked for the Trinchero Family and Sonoma Cutrer. I’m looking forward to spending some more time with Joe; he’s incredibly passionate about making wine and he’s a Napa Valley native like me.

Harvest has been late this year. August 30th brought our first load of grapes to the winery: Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are typically the first grapes that come into the winery during harvest because they are grown in warmer regions and ripen the fastest. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are picked at about 22 Brix (sugar-to-water mass ratio) or lower, which makes the wine young and crisp. On the other hand, Chardonnay is picked at approximately 24 o4 25 Brix and is grown in cooler areas, so it comes into the winery later. I could really feel the buzz in the air when the call came that the truck was on its way. Everyone headed to the hopper, awaiting the grapes arrival. I have never seen so many clusters of grapes in all my life. Joe Shirley was there to make sure the grapes were up to standard. A cup of fresh grape juice from the press was passed around for all of us to taste….delicious!

Outside Folie a Deux with the dancers

Outside Folie a Deux, my new job for havest 2009


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Are you the only person who works there?? Where’s the pics of the rest of the crew??

Comment by Bee Lauher

More pics to come soon! I promise!

Comment by The Folie a Deux Harvest Intern

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