Harvest News from Thornton Winery

Enjoy this fun Harvest quip from Thornton Winery’s winemaker David Vergari

“The Muses are not smiling down upon me right now…it musta been somethin’ I said. Or thought (they can read minds, did you know that? Really.) Well, one cannot prolong the inevitable so once more into the breach…

 There oughta be a bumper sticker or t-shirt I can wear this time of year that says: “We interrupt your life to bring you…the Harvest!” And so it goes in the bee-yoo-ti-ful Temecula Valley, where the grapes are making it clear they’re ready to pick. First

David Vergari - Harvest 2011

ones in were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for the Blanc de Noir and Non-vintage Brut sparklers, respectively. As I write this on September 2, we’ve also pressed off juice for Chardonnay and Muscat Canelli still wine, plus some Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier for our client. I expect a brief hiatus then it’s time to make some red wine, which is my true passion. My wife, Katie, is adjusting to being a

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“crush-widow”. She’s gone through quite a few of these with me and will no doubt call in her markers later. Crush is an adrenaline-filled ride that I really enjoy and wouldn’t trade for anything.

By the way, the 2010s that we bottled in June are rounding into form; I am both relieved and stoked with the positive comments I’ve heard thus far. Is this due to the “winemaker-effect”. Nah, probably not. When someone doesn’t like your wine they usually clam up or avoid making eye-contact; I haven’t seen any of that so we’re good. Davey sez, check ’em out the next time you stop by the winery and remember the buck stops here! Ciao.”
David Vergari
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