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Spring 2013 – Bud Break and Growth

Its spring, and the vines are once again doing their thing.. growing!!! I always love the first of spring seeing the growth and knowing once again that the vines survived another winter.

First let me apologize for the lack of updates, I will be better this year keeping everybody informed on what is going . . . → Read More: Spring 2013 – Bud Break and Growth

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.

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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

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