POSTED ON August 14, 2009 | IN Wine News | BY Joe Becerra

I arrived at the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville at about 6:45 a.m. this Friday morning to photograph the first harvest in Napa for the 2009 growing season. I got word yesterday that Pinot Noir would be harvested beginning in the early morning. I spent an hour shooting the amazing harvest team of workers make their way through several rows of Pinot Noir. Mumm uses a distinguishing small yellow bin that is carefully placed on the tracker and filled. At about 9:30, the first of these yellow bins will arrive at the Mumm crushpad. This will be followed by a toast by Mumm winemaker Ludovic Dervin marking the harvest of the 2009 season.