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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

Norton Pressing – 2010

We pressed the Norton wine today. It is always nice when family comes over and wants to help. Here you can see my daughter and little James helping with the press.

We were able to get a full 15 gallons from the Norton grape harvest this year. We put it all in a 15 . . . → Read More: Norton Pressing – 2010

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

Norton Grapes Harvested 2010

We harvested our Norton grapes on Saturday. It took about an hour, and the crop was a little bigger than I first anticipated. Afterward we sat on the back porch and enjoyed some of dad’s famous smoked pork. It turned out excellent. The shoulders had a good half inch of a red smoke ring . . . → Read More: Norton Grapes Harvested 2010

August, 7, 2010 – Crush/Harvest time at Waco Vineyard

This Saturday, we will be harvesting our last batch of grapes. These are the deep south Norton grapes that are practically made for this area. I have been watching the numbers of sugar, acid, and pH, and the grapes are ready to be plucked, squished, and put into a vat.

For those that love . . . → Read More: August, 7, 2010 – Crush/Harvest time at Waco Vineyard