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Until now, harvest had been speeding towards us, causing a frenetic pace to finish our Chardonnay bottling, make room in the barrel cellars, prep all the new barrels, order supplies and clean all the tanks. But the cooler weather in early August has allowed us all to breathe a sigh of relief as the ripening slows. Where all of us predicted an early harvest, it now appears that perhaps a normal start is at hand. And why is it that they never learn that I get to decide when to pick the grapes? Makes it hard for me to lose the bet!

- Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls