Hello!!!!!!! Sorry I didn't write last week, but it was Mom's surprise birthday party weekend, and I was rushing around trying to make sure that everything was wrapped up here at work so that I could head home, pack, get Zack and Steph's room ready, and get to the restaurant (19 Bella in Skippack) by 6:30! So, my dad definitely wins best husband of the year award for the weekend that he put together for Mom. He had a surprise birthday party for her on Friday night where he invited all her family and friends to dinner; flew my brother and his wife in from Chicago (they, sadly, didn't make it in time because their flight got cancelled due to smoke on the aircraft! So, they didn't get into Philly until about 10PM...made the tail end of the party :(, but Mom was happy to see them!), had a picture montage of Mom through the years and all of her favorite foods and drinks! He had told her that she and him were flying out to Tahoe (just the 2 of them) the next morning...but the next part of the surprise was that Zack, Steph, me, Matt, my Auntie Des, and Uncle Joe were all flying out with them...and she wasn't going to Tahoe! She was going to Napa! Anyway, we all surprised her at the airport and there were some tears and disbelief, but we were on our way. Napa is beautiful - we visited some really wonderful boutique wineries and stayed at the most amazing resort. It was a great weekend celebrating a GREAT lady. Lucky to call her my mom, that's for sure.
While we were out in Napa, they were also in the midst of harvest. It is funny to see that harvest is exactly the same amount of hustle and bustle on the West Coast as it is on the East Coast. The main difference between Napa and Fort Washington (lol) is that there just seem to be miles and miles of vineyard with hundreds and hundreds of wineries....vs 27 acres and 1 winery. BUT, they, like us here, were harvesting. They had already finished picking all of their white grapes and some of the vineyards were onto their reds. This is because the weather there differs GREATLY from here in Fort Washington, PA. The days are very hot (they had the hottest summer on record out there I think someone told me....a few days got to be over 110 degrees!), and the nights are cool. Because of the hot, dry weather, the grapes ripen at an earlier date. Anyway, it was neat to see such a celebrated grape growing and wine making region doing things exactly as we do them here.
As of today, we have picked all of our white grapes; so all of our Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Chardonnay. On Monday, we will be picking some Merlot grapes that have been set aside for our friends at Boardroom Spirits because we will be doing a collaborative Brandy project with them! There will be more to come on this.... In addition, next week we will be picking more of our Merlot grapes that we have cropped for Rose. We plan on making a much larger amount of Rose this year than in 2015; it will be direct to press (so much less pink than our 2015).
We've got some exciting news coming up (and no, it's not about our tasting room being approved again). I think that a lot of people are going to be happy with this special day that we are putting together. More to come on this next week!
I hope that you enjoy what is shaping up to be a picture-perfect-weather type of weekend! I know that I plan to. Until next time....