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Thursday, September 30, 1982

September 1982 Notes

Early harvest at Fellowship of Friends Renaissance Winery Oregon House, CA
An early Fellowship harvest. Dr. Karl Werner (right) points to the stems, while Diana Werner looks on. (Photo: T. Campion)

September 5:
Salon (at The Goethe Academy) is inaugurated
September 11:
Cabernet Sauvignon harvest begins
Winemaker Karl Werner said the acid-sugar balance could not be better. Over thirteen tons are brought in.
 The vintage may turn out a lighter, more elegant wine than past vintages.
 September 12:
Cabernet harvest continues
September 15:
Small lots of white varietals are harvested for champagne. Chenin Blanc, Gewurztrmainer.
Karl expects the first releases of our wine will be in 1988.
September 16:
16.44 tons of Petite Sirah harvested
September 17:
Rain. Reports of grape crops damaged in Napa and Sonoma (but Renaissance beat the rain.)
September 18:
Steady rain
September 23:
Zinfandel harvest