Rather than harvesting and crushing grapes today, I read Brian Doyle's book The Grail about wineries, and one in particular, the Lange Winery in Dundee Oregon. Reading this book, one feels a strong urge to open a bottle of Pinot Noir and feast.
Jesse Lange, a young man wise in the way of wines and vines has this to say:
"Look, I'm no vine hugger. But, yeh, there is a certain form of communication, let's say, between the vines and the winemaker. Right after we harvest, you know, there's a sense of exhilaration and exhalation in the vineyard. We're thrilled that we're done and everything in and safe and all the hard labor is finished, but also the vines are satisfied, you know? You can feel it. They exist to produce grapes, and they have done so brilliantly, and we have taken their fruit, and so communicated to them that their job is done, now they can rest, and you're grinning at me, but I am not kidding, we'll walk through the blocks after harvest and you can almost hear them sign with relief as they get ready to go dormant."
Now, we may see dormant, but those roots are growing an inch a day, so as you enjoy the harvest of this year, know that winter means growth. It is time to get ready to settle in and stretch our roots.