2012 Harvest has started!

Harvest2012 2012 (3)
The first grapes of 2012 are starting to be picked, these are pinot noir for a local sparkling wine.
Harvest2012 2012 (2)
It's a very steep vineyard in Valdivilla.
Harvest2012 2012 (1)
It has been seriously hot and humid here which makes harvesting extra hard. Everyone is waiting for a thunderstorm to clear the air.
Harvest2012 2012


Feragosto 2012 (1)
Even though there are many shops and restaurants that are closed one can find plenty to do on italy's BIGGEST holiday Ferragosto
Feragosto 2012
This is what most Italian families do find the one restaurant that is open and make reservations for 10, 20 or more then spend the day with family and friends over a very long lunch 3 to 4 hours or head south to the sea.
real food? 2012
Last week Leslie was in Minnesota this was the first foodie sign she came across on her lay over in Reykjavik Iceland Hmmmmmm….
Lago Maggiori 2012
While Leslie was away Robert was very busy relaxing on the water front just beyond the village of Baveno on Lago Maggiore on his way to pick up customers in Verbania.
Nebbiolo 2012
Alway last but not least Nebbiolo the flag ship grape varietal of Langhe is a little bit ahead of schedule this year. This bunch is almost done with its verasion as of Aug 15th.

Seasonal rhythms

vine triming
As the vine trimming season draws to a close, and green harvest is mostly done, most of the vineyard work shifts to the winery to prepare for harvest
Sticky 2012
At 8:00 in the morning the humidity was higher than the temp this means we are going to have a very sticky day
The best way to beat the heat is to grab some bubbles a chef knife and a friend with a ready glass for sciabola.
Dolcetto 2012
It's only the end of July but these Dolcetto grapes are telling us harvest is just around the corner. Some wineries say they may be starting harvest mid August.