This was to have been the first Mourvedre harvest at Grand Reve Vineyard in Washington. The half-acre plot of head trained vines was a labor of love for partner and vineyard manager Ryan Johnson.
Then, one night, someone slipped into the vineyard and stole about 1.25 tons of the grapes, leaving only 200 pounds behind. Johnson was mad, of course, and saddened. But I salute him here for his considerable aplomb in saying, after his grapes were stolen:
The grapes are good right now, but if they’d waited another 10 days, what they got would have been absolutely phenomenal. They missed out.
Here’s a guy in the right business.