Haven’t worked with these for a while

Here are some delicious Vignoles grapes delivered by grower and soon-to-be winery owner Keith Hutson from Twin Oaks Vineyard.  This is the first time we have worked with Vignoles for about 5 years, so it was good to have it back on the press pad again.  We processed about 4 tons of these grapes this morning, and Jeff is just now finishing up cleaning out the press. 

Of special interest to our crew today was the bins that Keith is using….they are stackable!  Ooooohhh…aaaaahhh….there were puddles of drool on our crush pad over these things!  And of course because the juice smelled so good too.

Keith reported that the juice does NOT look very appetizing.  But don’t worry, by tomorrow it will be all clear.  I’ll post a picture of it tomorrow.

Don’t forget that on Saturday and Sunday we will have live music from 1-4p.m.  It’s free to everyone, so come on out this weekend.  And we will be open on Labor Day even though it’s Monday.  So forget about laboring and come on by for a bit of relaxation and good wine!

Machine Harvesting…..

….the NY73 yesterday morning.  In the misty rain!  That big blue machine is the harvester and as you can see it straddles the row of grapes, shaking them off the vine as it goes down.  I was hoping to get an up close and personal shot, but my camera ran out of battery power.  Apparently, I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately!

Also, I got the name wrong.  It isn’t being name “Et Noir” it’s being named “Noiret”.

Today we processed Concord grapes picked from over in St. James.  I didn’t get a picture of them before they went throught the destemmer/crusher.  So here they are after getting chewed up:

Not so appetizing to look at, I know.  But, don’t worry concord fans, the wine will be delicious!  Tomorrow we will be bringing in Vignoles grapes.  Stay tuned….or better yet, come on by and check it out…we start at 9a.m. 

Or come by this weekend.  We won’t be processing, but we will have live music! Elliot Raney plays from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Stewart Johnson plays on Sunday from 1-4.  Hope to see you soon!

Our First Red Grapes of the season

Here’s a romantically named grape….NY73.  Gosh, it sounds much better when we make it into “Yadkin Creek” doesn’t it?!?  Our friend Bruce tells me that the grape-naming-powers-that-be have recently named this previously experimental variety, ‘Et Noir’.  ‘A Red’ or ‘The Red’ in English?  I don’t know French. 

Someone please add a comment if you know A) what ‘et’ means in french and B)how to pronounce “et”.  And I haven’t actually followed up with another credible source on this grape name thing, so this might all be a hoax.  GASP!

O.k., o.k., I know.  I’m slap happy since I’ve just finished up another long day.  These grape processing days are long and tiring for me.  I don’t know how Clyde holds up, but he is like the energizer bunny.  Right now he is down in the cellar cleaning a filter, doing something else, and hangin’ with his good buddy Matthew.  Whew.  All I want to do is read two sentences of a book and pass out in bed!

So goodnight all, whoever is reading.  Dream of delicious wines and then come on over and make your dreams come true! 🙂

Oh and P.S. – Clyde is not a party-aholic as you might have inferred from my previous post.  He used to be AROUND people who were though.  O.k….off to sleepyland now!