Monday, September 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Wine grape harvest begins
DSC_4506e LAVA CAP Winemaker Joe Norman checks the potential of the 2014 vintage. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
A large metal machine was quietly pressing grapes on the afternoon of Aug. 28. The grapes were some of the first harvest collected by Lava Cap Vineyards.

Behind the tasting room, Charlie Jones, vineyard manager, watched as winemaker Joe Norman, in a white lab coat, worked the machine. It was 6 tons of sauvignon blanc grapes, Jones said, and a small one. Only one press load, where a normal day of harvest will see two, between 10 and 12 tons of grapes processed per day. It was the first week harvest began in earnest, and would likely pick up the next week and stay consistent. Sept. 1 is a "typical start date," Jones said, so they are just about on schedule.

Harvest came slightly early ...

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