Monday, October 24, 2011

Grape Crush ~

Friends, the harvest/crush was everything I had hoped for...and a tad bit more.  Being surrounded by the glorious beauty of vineyards, fresh air, and fun-loving friends was a total added bonus to the amazing awe that filled my soul as I helped harvest 1,000 pounds of cabernet sauvignon grapes.  I literally caught myself grinning from ear-to-ear as my bin grew full and my hands were soaked in fresh grape juice.  For those few hours, I was in harmony with nature and nothing else mattered.  

We picked, we laughed, we ate delicious local food, and we crushed {a hand-cranked machine de-vined the plump, juicy grapes}, and we tasted...oh my goodness, I've never tasted grape juice so incredibly amazing.  If I were not into delicious wine, I would say forgo the fermenting process and just indulge in the purity of the first stage of crush.  Wow! Oh how I wish I could share a glass with each of was that amazing.

So if ever given the opportunity to offer free labor to pick grapes, take it.  I guarantee it will be a moment in time you will never forget.

[Reverie-Daydream Images]


  1. Sounds beautiful and looks dreamy, gorgeous shots. I'm really wanting to try fresh grape juice now!

  2. I would love to do sounds like the olive harvest but without the delicious juice! I hope your back recovers and your hands aren't too stained.... xv

  3. Just looking at these photos makes my mouth water! I would just looooove to go grape picking sometime soon.

  4. Off topic, but Sean has mad skills with his camera. Makes me wanna paint these beautiful captures every time I see the new photos. More please...

  5. definitely sisters separated at birth!! i rocked my pigtails all weekend long too.
    this is crazy beautiful. i'll take the grape juice over the wine any day.
    kisses to you my dear.

  6. Oh, I love this post. Especially that photo of you sipping fresh grape juice. My mouth is watering. The entire endeavor sounds so glorious. I'm so curious about which winery you went to...sounds like a perfect wine country weekend.

  7. thank you for sharing... i know this feeling... and i thrill at being able to relive a fabulous memory through your post. yes, indeed, if ever the opportunity - take it!

  8. Looks like a perfect day! Wish I could have joined you. The images are beautiful, as always.

  9. Picking grapes is one of my favourite autumn activities. One of fall's beauties. Lovely collage. :)

  10. I'd love, love, love to be a part of a grape crush... on my someday list.

  11. So next fall, can I come visit again and help harvest? That sounds so fantastic. And I can only imagine how incredible that grape juice tastes...


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