The end of harvest came late for me this year. It wasn’t until December 26th when I pumped the late harvest Syrah to barrel. Fifteen tons of fruit, 45 barrels of wine, and one sore back later, it’s now time to move on to other winemaking tasks and fun adventures.
First up is a bike ride in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Riding is how I got my introduction to the back country roads, steep rugged hillsides, counter-culture lifestyles (as compared to Silicon Valley), and, of course, the intimate vineyards and wineries tucked in various corners of these magical mountains.