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I have always been so intrigued by the annual grape harvest. There’s so much ritual around it: the picking of the grapes at night, or at dawn – cooler weather is ideal for the sugar content of the grapes, I learned. A rainy day will affect the sugar content of the grapes too. So much thought has gone into the soil, the care of the leaves, the fruit, how much to water or to water at all. Wine-making is complex.

This year, I got to hang around for the harvest. We met at dawn in a parking lot and headed off to the field. It was cool and foggy – perfect picking weather. And the best time I’ve had at 7 AM on a Monday in years. Thanks, David, for letting me participate.

After we picked grapes, we brought them over to be crushed and start their long, slow transformation into wine.

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