New Winemakers Vineyard Walk

During harvest, home winemakers often get up early on the weekend because when the grapes are ready, the grapes are ready.

Early this morning, aspiring winemakers and mentors trekked to Shaker Ridge Vineyard in El Dorado (El Dorado County) to check out the primitivo for the New Winemakers group crush. Vineyard owner Andy Standeven was ready with a field testing lab to check out the vitals on the primitivo. The berries are almost at their sweet spot!

Thanks to Andy Standeven for sharing his passion – we forever learn from him. Thanks to Joe McGillivray for the photos. More photos on Sacramento Home Winemakers fb page.