Autumn means harvest. Excitement is in the air. Clippers counted, baskets prepared, destemmer waiting, and friends arrive. Harvest is the culmination of a year’s labor of love in the vineyard. Since late summer we’ve been tasting grapes and taking Brix levels, a measurement of sugar concentration that determines potential alcohol content. In addition to sugar levels, taste, and intuition, we also plan the harvest in alignment with the lunar cycles, ideally to take place on a fruit day for a more vibrant and flavorful vintage. After the harvest, the vine leaves will turn bright shades of gold, orange, and red. After the grape picking, the vines undergo tremendous root growth and absorb lots of nutrients to store for the winter. Nitrogen fixing cover crops are planted between alternating rows.