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Documentary on 2011 Harvest to be Shown in Sonoma County

September 7, 2012 at 7:05 p.m.

The Press Democrat.com • Cathy Bussewitz

“Harvest,” a feature-length documentary film shot entirely in Sonoma County, will show in local theaters beginning Friday.

The film follows five family wineries — Robledo, Rafanelli, Foppiano, Harvest Moon and Robert Hunter — along with an amateur home winemaker and a rare all-female picking crew over three months during the 2011 harvest.

“This is all about back-breaking manual labor and night picks at 2 a.m. with only tiny headlamps,” director John Beck said in a statement.

“Harvest” opens for a week-long run Friday at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. It will be shown Sept. 21-23 at Sonoma Cinemas, and then for a week starting Sept. 28 at the Raven Theater in Healdsburg. Beck will answer questions after select screenings.

Napa Valley growers have high hopes for Harvest

Napa Valley grape growers said grape yields and prices are the best in several years following a near-ideal growing season.

Harvest is running two to three weeks earlier than last year, and yields are ranging from average to average-plus, the valley’s trade group, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, said in a news release.

The group pointed to an economic surge in Napa, evidenced by extensive replanting, robust equipment orders and an active Napa Valley vineyard real estate market. Those investments are reflected by vine orders that are up dramatically, quadrupling in five years, the group said.

The group issued its forecast during a news conference at Odette Estate in the Stags Leap District.

Lake County Winegrape Commission Launches New Marketing Campaign

To promote awareness of the wine region, the Lake County Winegrape Commission has been hosting sea plane rides for wine writers, sommeliers, radio and television personalities, and industry consultants.

The commission’s marketing committee hatched the idea as a way to promote the industry and differentiate the region from others. The tours highlight the compelling aspects of the region and provide another way to see its quality and value.

“We have known for years that ‘if we can get you here, we can sell you on Lake County,’” Shannon Gunier, president of the Lake County Winegrape Commission, said in a statement.

For more information visit www.lakecountywinegrape.org.

 

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