Had a fantastic visit down to the vineyard and winery a couple weekends ago. South Dakota Eschenbaum family – Carol Sanborn’s brother Jim and wife Teresa – came in for a visit and we all headed down to Juliaetta for a grape picking extravaganza. This was just a little picking excursion the family participated in.
Just a few rows of Gewürztraminer that yielded, oh, a teeny bit over 950 pounds of grapes. That is right 950 POUNDS! Wow! I had no idea it could add up so fast! That is one of the best parts of working at the winery – you get to watch them weigh your hard work and see that you did actually do something – even if you felt like you were going too slow or whatever.
It was a gorgeous day and after picking, the grapes were crushed immediately and juice extracted.
One of the neighbors brought his Gewürztraminer over too and our total came in at 1360 lbs of grapes, 102 gallons juice which is about 40 cases. After cleaning up, we made sure to do some tasting and take a tour of the new homestead Mike and Melissa have been patiently waiting to move into. We hung out with the Auntie and Uncle Eschenbaum, the cats (the real managers of the vineyards) and then headed back home. A perfect day!