The harvest of 2009 has been memorable. We have seen non-stop grapes delivered since very early September. The NO VACANCY sign in the cellar has been lit up more often than anytime I can remember. After the drenching earlier this week, we are now in a holding pattern, waiting for the vineyards to dry out enough to resume harvesting.
One thing that has not changed is the appetite of our harvest crew. Crushing grapes is very hard work. Making wine at De Loach is more labor intensive than at any of the mega-wineries. That labor is provided by a diverse crew of guys, all of whom need fuel to make it through 12 hour days. Lucky for us, we have a great kitchen and three times a week, a delicious harvest lunch is served.
The advantages of having everyone eat together are many. Harvest is long and hard. It helps to have time together laughing, eating and taking a break. Our kitchen crew works hard to include delicious food from our garden. Almost every meal has a salad with fresh lettuce and great tomatoes.
The menu for lunch has included such all time favorites as: Taco Salad, Chili, Asian Chicken Salad, Spaghetti and Hamburgers. Comfort food for winery workers. The same lunch crew of Sue Boy, Lisa P and Janet can whip us a simple harvest lunch and then turn around and prepare an elegant dinner for 50. It is a pretty sweet deal for us. The only down side is needing an afternoon nap after a satisfying meal.