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For the better part of a half-century, Bill Powers has been harnessing the sun to ripen orchard fruit and grapevines. Now, the founder of Powers Winery and Badger Mountain Vineyard is using solar to run his business.

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On Thursday, the winery in the Rancho Reata area of Kennewick finished installing a 2,200-square-foot solar array on its barrel room. It produces about 33 kilowatt hours and should supply 18 percent of the winery's operational needs. The array was installed by Hire Electric in The Dalles, Ore.

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Mickey Dunne, national sales manager and co-owner with Powers and his son, Greg, said the solar array is believed to be the largest on any winery in Washington -- and one of the largest private solar projects in Eastern Washington.

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Winery owners and religious leaders gathered Tuesday at Las Positas Winery to bless the first grapes plucked from vines in the East Bay wine region, which is home to nearly 50 wineries. The centuries-old ceremony honored the vineyards, the grapes and the people who make the annual harvest a reality.

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"We are looking at a very good harvest so far -- a very cool season has resulted in slow, gradual ripening for optimal physiological ripeness and development," Ruby Hill winemaker Chris Graves told those assembled.

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"I'm very excited about the quality of the vintage at this point -- hopefully it stays that way." A very wet spring and cool summer have pushed back the harvest for the second year in a row, Graves noted. The grapes have been slower to ripen so wineries are two to three weeks behind the traditional start of picking in the Livermore Valley.

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The 2011 Harvest Wine Festival in Livermore, CA will feature the fine wines of the Livermore Valley set to a backdrop of great music, food, activities, and crafts vendors during Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd to the 5th from noon to 6:00PM. Known for its winery-to-winery shuttle bus service, the 2011 Harvest Wine Celebration is a Livermore Valley Labor Day weekend tradition and will mark the event’s 30th year. Among the many incredible local wineries, Steven Kent and La Rochelle at 5443 Tesla Road stand out for their superb Cabs and Pinot Noirs, unique tasting room experience, and commitment to the Tri-Valley community.

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The Steven Kent Winery and La Rochelle Winery are sister wineries located in the historic Livermore Valley appellation, which is only 15 minutes from East Dublin. Owner and winemaker Steven Kent Mirassou, a sixth-generation member of America’s oldest winemaking family, has built a reputation for his limited-release Cabernets. “The goal was always to arrive at this point — the creation of a single, ‘statement’ wine from the Livermore Valley, one intended to take its place among the world’s great reds,” said Steven.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Grapes for the wines produced from Steven Kent and La Rochelle are sourced from vineyards in the Livermore Valley, as well as appellations such as Monterey, Carneros, and the Umpqua Valley of Oregon. Numerous stores and restaurants throughout the Bay Area feature Steven Kent and La Rochelle wines, including Campo di Bocce, Wente Restaurant, Esin, and Ruby Hill.

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The eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail willcelebrate the start of harvest season during their Harvest Weekend,set for next Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11.

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Set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Harvest Weekend willfeature tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and winepairings, and live entertainment, with an emphasis on localfare.

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A sampling of what's on tap: Amoré Vineyards & Winery of Nazareth willbe serving bourbon chicken, assorted breads and dipping oils, alongwith a selection of cheeses from Goot Essa Farms. They will alsofeature a new wine, Cabaret Amore.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Sports teams have playoffs. Students have finals. And for winegrowers, the big sink-or-swim moment—the event the whole year's efforts have led up to—is harvest.

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The period culminating in grape crush begins when the grapes start to change color in mid to late summer. The actual picking of the grapes usually happens between August and November above the equator and February to April below. What happens in between is the greatest determinant of a wine's quality in a given vintage. Read on to learn about the processes—and perils—of harvest season.

Sauvignon Blanc

The Metamorphosis—Veraison Grape ripening begins with the growth period known as veraison, when the fruit hanging on the vines transforms from small, green, hard berries into what we recognize as grapes. Vines enter this stage about 30 to 70 days, depending on variety and climate, after fruit set (when fertilized flowers have fallen off and become tiny grape bunches)—typically in July or August in the Northern Hemisphere and January or February in the Southern.

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