Crush 2011 – Part 1 – Viognier and Vignoles

We harvested our white grapes.

It is that time of year again, albeit earlier than last year. I must admit that I just love doing the Crush every year. I look forward to it all year long. Why? Because it means that wine will surely follow! Last year we only harvested 50 lbs of . . . → Read More: Crush 2011 – Part 1 – Viognier and Vignoles

Grape growth – May 2011 – Happy vines

Its picture time again in the vineyard. The grapes are growing, and getting bigger. As you can see from the pictures, they are very happy vines. Here we can see some of the norton grapes, and some of the viognier. I still need to get around to doing the panorama again this year. It . . . → Read More: Grape growth – May 2011 – Happy vines

Bud Break – Spring 2011

Spring is in the air again. It is so amazing to see all of the vines sprouting little buds everywhere and shoots starting their long climb up the trellis wires. The vines have come a long ways these past 3 years, and this year should produce the biggest grape harvest yet. It always makes . . . → Read More: Bud Break – Spring 2011

A Pressing Engagement (Viognier 2010)

Sunday I pressed the Viognier white grapes. I let the juice maturate on the skins for about 12 hours before pressing. This gives the skins just a little time to break down and impart some of their tannins, antioxidants and flavors into the must. This is done not only so that the wine will . . . → Read More: A Pressing Engagement (Viognier 2010)

Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested

I know, I said I was going to try and wait until next weekend to harvest these, but it would seem that I still have some learning to do when it comes to determining when to harvest. The pH levels were at 3.4 just 5 days ago, and today there were at 3.5. It . . . → Read More: Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested