Erica joined us at 6:30 and loaded up and got started. With a quick stop at Starbucks to wake us up we headed over the mountians. We watched the sun coming up all the way over- and we saw a million wonderful photo ops- but I declined siting that we could do it on the way home and that we told the folks at Napeequa that we'd be there before 9 am to help with the crush.... Little did any of us know how long it would be- and that we'd be coming home in the dark again!
It was well worth it tho- we had a blast and we learned so much about the making of our favorite beverages.
Heidi and Erica along with three other volunteers were the designated crush helpers. My jobs were cheif photographer and wine room assistant. I was to help Miss Kim pour for the masses as they came to do some tasting, and to pull wine orders and get them bagged up. I have to admit- that I was nervous when I first started out- not at helping customers- I've got 20 years of retailing and customer service under my belt- but because I'm no wine expert- I know what I like- and what I like to cook/serve with the wines from Napeequa... but I quickly relaxed and enjoyed my chats with folks...
There's a saying that states "Good wine isn't cheap- and cheap wine is no good!" And boy is that the truth! But after participating in the whole process from the sterilization of every single piece of the equiptment, to the set up, and the crushing, the sorting, the chemistry and precision involved and then the clean up- you can totally understand why the quality of the smaller wine makers is so good- and it may be a bit pricier than other bottles you can buy - but it's so worth it! The other thing is- that at Napeequa- when you go to the tasting room in Plaine, WA and you have the opportunity to taste the different varieties- you get something different than the run of the mill- they are unique and beautiful flavors. It's easy to see that's why they have won so many awards.
Here Erica and Heidi are warming up for the day with more coffe.
And this fire pit was an inviting spot to warm up through out the day. We all smelled like camfire coming home- and crisp mountain air- it's a comforting smell. :)
The sky was flawless- not a single cloud and I'm not even sure what color to compare it to- but it was perfection none-the-less! The trees all around us were like a crayon box- so many brillant colors!
Here winemaker David is inspecting the cabernet grapes before we get started.
Michael pressure washing and sterilizing every piece before we could start!
Erica's extremely fashionable boots were a hit with everyone!
The sorting table- pulling out any foreign matter- leaves, stems, etc.
The crushed grapes as they leave the sorting table- and that pink necter will soon become the Cab Sav we all know and love so much!
Another hot item in the tasting room yesterday was the Trillium Rose'....not your g'ma's Rose- this is a Syrah blend- and your nose tells you one thing- and your mouth tells you another- starts sweet and finishes dry....