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Crush 2011 – Part 2 – Shiraz and Norton

The harvest season is now half-way over. This year we harvested 250 lbs of Shiraz and 250 lbs of Norton from Salado. Due to the harsh summer with very little rain and extreme temperatures, I was at first afraid for the grape vines. They have been suffering for two months in heat and drought . . . → Read More: Crush 2011 – Part 2 – Shiraz and Norton

Grape Propagation – Air layering

How to Air Layer Grape Vines

Often at the vineyard, we need to replace vines that have died over the years. We have tried many different ways, but this year, we decided to “air layer” propagate some of the grape vines. The basic concept is that when a grapevine touches dirt, it will spread . . . → Read More: Grape Propagation – Air layering

Norton/Cynthania Vines starting to grow

Spring is in the air, and it is getting very busy in the vineyard.

Here you can see the Norton vines just starting to come alive. These vines are by far one the hardiest types of the vines I have planted. They never seem to be bothered by molds, fungus, or disease in general. . . . → Read More: Norton/Cynthania Vines starting to grow

Beautiful Wine Colors – Punching Down Cap 2010

Well, with the grape must fermenting, it means its time to punch down the cap a few times a day. I just love this part of the wine making process. I find it fascinating watching the deep purple and claret colors developing over time. No matter how old this wine gets, the color will . . . → Read More: Beautiful Wine Colors – Punching Down Cap 2010

Punching down the Cap (Pigeage) 2010 Shiraz

What is a cap?

The cap is the layer of grape skins that are pushed up during fermentation where the must contains whole or crushed grapes. When the fermentation process begins, yeast eats away sugar, and spits out alcohol, heat, and carbon dioxide gas (CO2). This CO2 when it is released floats to the . . . → Read More: Punching down the Cap (Pigeage) 2010 Shiraz