Harvesting Syrah

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Last night we had a wonderful dinner party with the Olympics opening ceremony, an All American meal from the grill and an introduction to Texas wine.  How many times have I heard, “I don’t like wine” only to find out that they were picking the wrong type! This was the case last night so we pulled out a new favorite, Flat Creek’s Blanco Brio. It’s a little sweet with some complexity and slightly effervescent. This wine is the first installment from the new winemaker at Flat Creek, Tim Drake.  While the 2011 Blanco Brio is sold out (we bought the last 6 bottles), harvest is here so there will be more.

Harvest is an exciting time in a vineyard. Grapes have to be tested for Brix (sugar that ferments into alcohol) and flavor every couple of days. Once the sugar and flavor are just right, it’s time to harvest the grapes. Typically grapes are hand harvested.  That means a group of people armed with pruners and buckets head out into the rows of grapevines, look high and low and collect every cluster of grapes.

 

This morning we woke up at 5:15 am and headed out to Flat Creek in Marble Falls.

We arrived, grabbed out clippers and buckets and headed out to the field to pick Syrah.

It was nice and cool this morning which was a pleasant surprise for Texas in July. Everyone was really friendly and they even had a break with breakfast tacos and watermelon! Several hours and probably 40 rows later we were rewarded with a thank you and a cold glass of wine. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning!

Hooray Harvest and Go Team USA!

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