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Don’t just drink wine. Help make it.

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Here’s one of the great things about living in the Valley: During harvest season, you can help a winery pick wine grapes, and watch it crush them.

Sure, you can do this in other wine growing areas, but why drive so far? Here are a couple of local wineries that welcome volunteers — and feed you after the harvest.

  • Birdstone Winery, 7:30 a.m. through early afternoon, Sunday. Picking starts at 7:30 a.m. Lunch and wine are served at 11:30 a.m. Folks who want to watch winemaker Tony Kirk crush the grapes can stick around, says Birdstone co-owner Kim Kirk says. If you want to join them, call (559) 970-2060.
  • Cedar View Winery, 8 a.m. through early afternoon, Sept. 25. The event begins at 8 a.m. with grape picking and crushing. A barbecue lunch with wine follows. Feel free to bring a change of clothes, the owners say. After your time in the field, you may want to freshen up before lunch. To attend: Call (559) 787-9412.

[photo: Cedar View Winery's vineyards, 2004. Credit: Eric Paul Zamora, The Fresno Bee.]

Responses to "Don’t just drink wine. Help make it."

Bino Escobar says:

mexicans are out there thinking, “pick grapes for a few hours for a hot dog? I thought our wages were bad enough.”