Friday, August 27, 2010

Week One

Stephen's photos give a good introduction to the Heron Lake Vineyard, perched among the hills 5 miles east of the town of Napa. There's our trusty flatbed truck, considerably older than Stephen

Me using a refractometer to measure the sugar content of a grape

Trimming off excess grapes to augment the ripening of the others

A snakeskin draped on a branch

David Mahaffey and Olivia the poodle caring for a row of vines

Stephen on our tractor with the sun-yellowed Napa hills in the background

Picking boxers stacked ready for the vintage

A lakeside pier ready to provide welcome refreshment on a hot afternoon (the motto on the last plank quotes Rupert Brooke, "SWIMMERS INTO CLEANNESS LEAPING").