While the valley heats up in August, things are cool here on our mountaintop. The afternoon breeze fans the grapes, maturing them to luscious perfection. And it makes lingering on our patio while enjoying our fine wines even more relaxing.
Expect to see the grapes begin the next stage in their ripening process, veraison, when their color changes from green to red. Now is a good time to learn more about the differences between the clusters, grape sizes, and leaf shapes from variety to variety. Or, you can sip the final product and appreciate the hard work those vines do from an up close and personal perspective!
Speaking of hard work, our winemaker Michel Prod’hon is preparing for a bountiful harvest this year. Tasks like bottling, cleaning and repairing equipment, and monitoring wines aging in the barrels keep him busy. But he still has plenty of time to discuss the art and science of winemaking with you. Tasting a developing wine from the barrel while discussing how it was made is always an enlightening experience.
On August 11, we’ll be pairing the art of winemaking with art in other mediums as we host Art at Mount Aukum. Meet local artists, writers and musicians as we celebrate the beautiful things we create in life. We’re especially proud to be partnering with local nonprofits that sponsor art programs in our community. And save the date for our annual – and highly popular – Seafood Gala 2013! On October 19, Diane Wilkinson Catering will be providing us with a luscious multi-course seafood dinner, paired with our own lovely wines. It’s an afternoon not to be missed!
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