Photos by Larry Bud Meyer
Gadino Cellars assembled an enthusiastic volunteer crew early Saturday morning to pick this year’s Chardonnay grapes. The crew got instructions from Bill Gadino (at 7:30 a.m.!) before fanning out into the vines. The harvest delivered 3,750 pounds to the vineyard’s crush pad.
The crew was thanked for their labors with a chicken lasagna lunch under the tent. Bill and Aleta Gadino predict the 2017 Chardonnay will be a fine vintage. Other grapes — the deep purple petit Verdot — still hang on the vines awaiting their turn to be harvested.