Friday Aug 31 2012 comments AgFocus: Grape harvest By: Photos by Matthew Whitley • Auburn Journal -A +A Dave Wegner pitches sauvignon blanc grapes into the stemmer/crusher while son Tim picks out stems by hand. Tim Wegner transfers sauvignon blanc grapes from a half-ton bin into the stemmer/crusher under the watchful eye of his son Logan, 3. Pescatore Vineyard and Winery grows six grape varietals at the picturesque vineyard in Newcastle. Dave Wegner will let these zinfandel vines stay on the vine a little longer – the sugar content wasn’t quite where he wanted it when he measured it with a refractometer. These sauvignon blanc grapes were pressed the same day and the juice went into a 90-gallon stainless steel bin, where it will ferment until spring 2013. These sauvignon blanc grapes were pressed the same day and the juice went into a 90-gallon stainless steel bin, where it will ferment until spring 2013. Harvest time is family time at Pescatore Vineyard and Winery. Dave Wegner pitches grapes into the stemmer crusher, Tim Wegner sorts out stems and his children, Dylan and Logan, supervise. Dave Wegner, owner of Pescatore Vineyard and Winery in Newcastle, planted his grapevines in 1997, one of the first wineries to open in this area. Pescatore Vineyard and Winery’s red wine is aged in French and American oak barrels, while its whites ferment in stainless steel bins to give crisp flavor. The family at Pescatore Vineyard and Winery harvests its 2012 sauvignon blanc.