Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Frost Is On The Pumpkin! Time To Celebrate the Harvest…



The Harvest Celebration

Any anthropologist, or any farmer, for that matter, knows that harvest celebrations date back to the beginning of time.

One harvest tradition linked to the vineyard is the Gerbebaude , the final dinner for the pickers. Gerbe originally meant a sheaf of wheat. In the vineyards, it is a bouquet the harvesters present to the owner or his wife at the dinner.

The Grape Harvest at Olympic Cellars and on the North Olympic Peninsula is still in our future but the tradition of celebrating the harvest begins this year in 2007, the year Benoit planted our vineyard.

Those of you that have visited the winery have enjoyed our Gathering Room and the huge harvest table built from the wood of our century old barn.

The Harvest Table
I think the “table” is symbolic. We make memories at our tables. To me, our wine brand, La Dolce Vida represents The Good Life, those special times when we gather at the table. We celebrate life, we entertain friends and we bring our family together for meals. The table can be the genesis of new ideas, where decisions are made, or your desk as you start a new business. You may grieve a loss.... The Table Tells A Story.

A Harvest Table is usually a Big Long Table… gathering all those that have helped during the harvest. Nobody knew one another on the first day of crush or harvest… working side by side, yet at the end, friendships have been born. In the fields or at the winery, work doesn’t stop once harvest is over and the grapes are crushed.

Wine is life with seasons of its own! Harvest/Crush is Fall, Barrel Aging is Winter, Bottling is Spring and the release and enjoyment of the wine – Summer! Each season will be celebrated at the winery, traditions growing and stories being told around the TABLE. Cheers, Kathy

We will celebrate the harvest in three ways…. Please Join Us.

Sharing our wine and food from the Peninsula during the Passport Wine Tour Olympic Peninsula Harvest Wine Tour

Dinner La Gerbebaude , end of the harvest dinner at Joy's Wine Bistro with Olympic Cellars Winemaker, Benoit Murat. All will gather at two large tables. Harvest Winemaker Dinner

The first harvest dinner in our Gathering Room for all who helped in the 2007 Harvest and Crush – our own La Gerbebaude!

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