Lodi winery celebrates first hand-picking of the season


VINE TODAY. AND KCRA 3’S WILL HERYFORD SHOWS
US HOW IT’S DONE.>>THESE CHARDONNAY GRAPES ARE
BEING PICKED IN THE EARLY
MORNING BY HAND.>>WITH THE WET YEAR THAT WE
HAD, EVERYTHING IS PUSHED BACK
AT LEAST 10 DAYS. LAST YEAR I BELIEVE WE PICKED
PROBABLY ABOUT A WEEK EARLIER. WE HAD THAT ONE LITTLE WARM
SPELL SO THE GRAPES ARE GOING ON
PRETTY QUICK NOW.>>EACH BIN WILL WEIGH ABOUT
1000 POUNDS. AND THE YIELD?>>AVERAGE CROP, I WOULD SAY.>>THE WINEMAKER NEEDS THE
GRAPES DELIVERED IN BINS. HE ALSO SAID HANDPICKING MEANS
LESS TWIGS AND PIECES OF FINE.>>WOULD KEEP THE LEAVES OUT AND
IT IS JUST BASICALLY ALL GRAPES. HE TELLS ME WHAT HE WANTS,
THAT’S WHAT HE GETS.>>IT’S BERKELEY WINEMAKER —
SPARKLING WINEMAKER, LOVER
WINDS.>>IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE IT IS
ALREADY AUGUST. QUICK THESE GRAPES WILL WORK
WELL FOR HIS SPARKLING LINES
THAT ARE PRODUCED WITH A MORE
LABOR-INTENSIVE TECHNIQUE.>>IT SEEMS TO BE A REAL TREND
RIGHT NOW, THE MARKET IS
DEMANDING HIGHER QUALITY, SO A
LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING FOR THIS
BECAUSE IT HAS A MORE REFINED
STRUCTURE, A FINER BUBBLE STRUCTURE TO IT. I WOULD SAY THERE IS ABOUT FIVE
TIMES MORE LABOR PER BOTTLE THAN
A STANDARD BOTTLE OF WINE.>>HE WILL GET ABOUT 70 GALLONS
OF JUICE OUT OF EACH BIN. HE WILL ALSO MAKE SPARKLING WINE
FOR MORE THAN 20 OTHER WINERIES
WHO SHIP THEIR JUICE TO HIM. IF ALL GOES TO PLAN, IT WILL BE
THIS, BY EARLY N

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