Monday, September 28, 2009

Things are starting to happen around here

Tomorrow is harvest. I have to go to bed early so that I can be ready to help pick the Zinfandel. I will tell you more about it tomorrow or the next day.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My weekend

Another great weekend at the ranch. Lots of people stayed at the B&B including my sister Cali and her parents Susan & Per. It was really hot so we played in the water and had fun running through the floppy plants and cool grass. Then Per gave us treats which we all enjoyed.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My best friend

While we are waiting for harvest, I thought I would tell you about other things going on at the ranch. We've had some hot weather, but I stay cool in the office during the day. At night I go home and get to spend time with my best friend George. He lets me chew on him and even after he screams and attacks me with his claws he always comes back for more. At night he purrs loudly as he cuddles with me.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Time to test the grapes

At the ranch we are anticipating the harvest of the Chardonnay and Zinfandel. We must go out frequently and test the sugar of the grapes in the vineyard. My dad Charlie is an expert at this, it is his 10th harvest.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A visiting prince

I don't know what all the hoopla was over. An African prince came to visit the winery on Wednesday evening. He came with an entourage of fancy cars and serious looking men. Those men stood guard around the prince as Jim gave him and his girlfriend a wine tasting. Then they all drove off. Well, Susan thinks I'm  the prince of RustRidge and I have my own entourage of family, cats and horses.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My first harvest

Saturday morning was quite different from my usual carefree days. Everybody got up early and went to the vineyard. There was a crew of guys and a tractor driver and they were picking the grapes that they call Sauvignon Blanc. Wow, were they sweet! Bean (Melissa's dog) my mom (Holly) and my dad (Charlie) all went with me to be part of the harvest. It had rained a little bit in the night so all of the dust had settled and there was a bit of rain and lightning early in the day. Very cool. Then the grapes came in and they started all the crush equipment and the grapes were dropped into the press. I was exhausted by then and decided to lay down in a flower bed. My mom chose to  snooze on the crush pad.