(Another) Year in the Vineyard Wine Blog, Week 30 by Wes Hagen: Clos Pepe

(Another) Year in the Vineyard Week #30: October 1-8, 2010 Zen and the Challenging Vintage Harvest is an excellent metaphor for life.  Like any difficult cycle in our lives, harvest usually begins with a period of build up and trepidation:  ‘is it going to happen?’ , ‘when’s it going to happen?’, ‘how’s it going to happen?’  We sit in bed and watch the clock turn, our minds cluttered with potential outcomes and the hazy progression of tasks and how we’d like to see the future realized.  We look for hints, prophecy, augur in the skies, the news, on our computers, with our neighbors.  Which of them will jump first and begin picking fruit?  Who’s going to pull the trigger too soon, and who’s going to pull the trigger too late? We worry, we plan, we watch the forecast, we deliberate over a cocktail.  Then the first few days when harvest begins we’re a bit uptight—like players in the first few plays of the Superbowl.  We lose a little more sleep, especially if the weather turns hot and the fruit is