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Rack & Riddle receives first grapes of the 2014 harvest from Amista Vineyards

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Posted by
Casa de Mole, Healdsburg

Casa de Mole, Healdsburg

Rack & Riddle Custom Crush takes in the first grapes of the 2014 harvest for Amista Vineyards, 3320 Dry Creek Road. To celebrate the first harvest at the new Rack & Riddle Geyserville location, 4001 Highway 128, a traditional harvest luncheon was served to local winemakers using the facilities.

Yorkville Cellars

Yorkville Cellars

Armista Vineyards winemaker Ashley Herzberg with vineyard worker bring in the first grapes of the 2014 harvest

Amista Vineyards winemaker Ashley Herzberg with vineyard worker bring in the first grapes of the 2014 harvest

Ashley Herzberg, Winemaker for Amista was on hand to share the first grapes and spent a few hours sipping and talking ‘grape speak’. armista 3armista 4

 

 

 

Local winemakers Scot Covington from Trione Vineyards & Winery, Brad Beard from Mercury, Steve Fredson from Rack & Riddle

Armista Vineyards, Mercury Winery & Rack & Riddle Custom Crush are represented

Amista Vineyards, Mercury Winery & Rack & Riddle Custom Crush are represented

and others ate the classic Mexican fare from Casa del Mole,  434 Center Street. The mobile caterer offered carnitas & chicken build your own taco bar to be washed down with Rack & Riddle Brut, Brut Rose and Blanc de Blanc.

The Murphy clan with R & R Steve Fredson and Grower Phil Marcucci

The Murphy clan with R & R Steve Fredson and Grower Phil Marcucci

 

 

A table filled with the Murphy clan, Doreen, Patty, T.J. and grower Phil Marcucci was across from the Mumm Cellars group, Tim Pelquest, and Ashley Jackson, Stan Jennings and Rebecca Faust from Rack & Riddle. From as far as Yorkville and Hopland, owners from Yorkville Cellars and Albertina Cellars chatted with other winery owners and celebrated the new Rack & Riddle facility. Truck after truck of just picked grapes rolled in all afternoon and the air filled with the smell of crushed grapes.

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