Friday, October 2, 2009

Monndancer seeking volunteers for harvest

If you live in York or Lancaster and looking for an opportunity to be part of a harvest (the closest I'll ever get to owning a vineyard), give Jim Miller a call at Moondancer Vineyards & Winery in Wrightsville, Pa. They possess one of the most scenic vineyards in the region with a mix of grapes that go into their line of wines. Unlike some vineyards that schedule pickings for a specific day and time (such as tomorrow morning at Basignani Winery in Sparks, Md., where I plan to be with clippers in hand), Moondancer works on the premise that you call and leave your contact information with the folks there. As Miller sees breaks in his schedule and the weather to get out in the vineyard and pick, he'll get in touch with the volunteers and welcome them out to join him and his crew.

There is nothing like heading into the vineyards to pick grapes -- I call it my Christmas Day, this being the fourth or fifth time I've gone down to pick at Basignani -- and the weather over the next week to 10 days looks favorable in terms of sunny days and comfortable temperatures. So, if you're interested, give Moondancer a call at 717.252.9463.

Basignani, by the way, has enough pickers for tomorrow and the other Saturday mornings this month. Volunteers, once hard to find, are far more plentiful these days as more and more folks learn about wine and local wineries.

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