Tuesday, October 26, 2010. We left the Winery today with sadness, because we are leaving good friends and because the loss of the grapes affects Mary's livelihood. Under normal conditions, when we leave the Winery, we have approximately 23 barrels of Marechal Foch and approximately 12 barrels of Chardonnay barreled down (stored in barrels). This year we have 3 barrels of Marechal Foch and no Chardonnay. By the end of harvest the barrel room is full. It holds around 160 barrels, that would equate to approximately 4,000 cases or 48,000 bottles of wine just from the barrel room. In the past the large silver milk tanks were full of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewuztraminer, and Miller Thurgau. This year they are making a little Champagne with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes that we picked that were salvageable.
We are taking with us great memories and lots of pictures. We will be making our way to Mesa, Arizona over the next several days.