Saturday, October 18, 2008

Harvest Time in Wine Country

The weather has been fabulous for gathering and harvesting the grapes this week. As I sit with guests on the front porch watching all the activity in the vineyard below, we marvel at the beauty of the colors and the efficiency of the workers! We can hear the soft hum of voices as they are cutting the grapes. As the vineyard owner passes by with his tractor loaded, the sweet fragrance of the grapes drifts our way. We talk about the process involved with planting, cultivating and pruning in order to produce the best grapes for our wonderful Willamette Valley Pinot Noir wines. My neighbor, Matt Kinne, is a winemaker who is passionate about his craft and uses minimal intervention in order to produce a high quality product. His label is McKinlay Vineyards, and we are pleased to showcase his wine here at the Inn. Salud! Linda