As my husband, Scott Harvey, embarks on his 42nd harvest, I prepare myself for not seeing much of him for the next six weeks or so. Of course, this year could be much quicker with an early short harvest. Better for me but not better for Scott. With all the grapes coming in at the same time, it can get quite chaotic. This will be the 19th harvest I’ve been through with him, and it never seems to get much easier. This year can be the most difficult of all! We have moved our production to Amador County so I might only see Scott one, maybe two days a week, if I’m lucky since we still call Napa Valley our home base. Being a winemaker’s wife has its challenges.
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After 42 years, Scott has never seen grapes in Amador County this ripe on September 1st. Harvest 2015 has been most unusual. On September 2nd, he has already crushed two of our Zinfandel vineyards; the Bowman vineyard and the Norton vineyard. The latter once belonging to Scott’s grandfather, George DeMille.
There is definitely an atmosphere of great excitement and energy that comes during harvest. As the marketing and sales arm of our company, there is always a bit of anxiety that I feel as I see all these grapes being made into wine. The most heartwarming part? All the anticipation from our frequent customers, tasting room visitors and loyal wine club members for Scott’s latest creations.
I get to see first hand all the passion and skill that goes into every bottle and know that our customers will appreciate the exceptional wine these grapes will produce.