That’s right, the first intermission.
This harvest will, undoubtedly, be remembered for the rain. Just as we started to get our stride picking, we got stopped for about three days by rain. We’ve managed to get started again – the weather looks good for a few days – and then more rain. Intermission #2, for yet another few days.
I was asked yesterday why you can’t pick in the rain. There are at least three reasons:
1) The pickers get wet. It’s pretty much impossible not to get wet from the leaves even if you have rain gear. Not much fun.
2) The fruit gets wet. This can dilute the press and we track our picks by weight – and now you’re weighing rain, not so good.
3) It gets too muddy for tractors & trucks to move around the vineyard.
That’s picking in the rain. Rain in general can aid the growth of botrytis. While that can lead to ‘noble rot’, it doesn’t happen very often in Oregon and it’s only good for certain whites, certainly not Pinot.
Right now, our fruit looks clean and healthy. We’re crossing our fingers and picking while we can. It certainly is an interesting harvest so far…