November 14, 2021 | Carey and Anna Maria Bailey
What a crazy harvest! After the Caldor Fire stopped about 4.5 miles from our vineyard in late August, we scrambled to have our grapes tested for smoke taint which fortunately came back without taint. Harvest then came fast with picking, crushing, fermenting and pressing finishing up on October 28th, a month earlier than most years. Not too mention that our pond filled up in one storm after over 14 inches of rain dumped from October 23rd to the 25th. Thankfully, all of our grapes were in the winery before the storm hit. Yields were down this harvest but the fruit flavor is wonderful and we believe 2021 will be a great year for wine in the Fair Play AVA.