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Syrah! Echo Park

Heather and Joe D'Augustine held their annual harvest of the grapes party at their house/vineyard yesterday ("annual" minus 2009, when smoke from the Station Fire seems to have put a damper on the event). Neighbors and friends from all over came to the Echo Park micro-vineyard to pick grapes, sort grapes, and load them into some kind of mushing machine with a funnel. Perhaps 500 pounds of them, Heather estimated, based on past yields. The guest workers were paid in pizza that was baked in the D'Augustine outdoor pizza oven. The first part of the party was more Calvinist than Dionysian, but a great deal of fun nonetheless. The second half involved an open mic. But the crowd was spared the spectacle of seeing Chicken Corner clucking into a microphone: My daughter's bedtime arrived before the music started (and before we left), with Monday looming.




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