In the field with a Central Valley Icon

I was fortunate enough to spend a little time in the vineyard with long-time family friends and two men dedicated to the vineyard and wine business, Frank and Mike Saviez. The Saviez Family has been managing vineyards and making wine for several generations in Napa Valley and the San Joaquin Valley. I was able to hook up with them in Fresno while they harvested some Albarino, Pinot Grigio, and a hot weather clone of Pinot Noir they're working with.

The pictures below are of Frank and a scene that sums up the less glamourous side of winemaking; a small truck (that kicks up tons of dust), some brightly colored trays, a new clone to taste, clear skies and 88 degree heat at 8:30am. Of course, all just another day to Frank Saviez, the sage of the San Joaquin.