He’ll kill me on this post, but in honor of Clyde’s 30-year class reunion last night, I thought I’d post up a little then-and-now. Don’t be surprised if this is the last post he allows me! 🙂
What a cutie!
What a hunk!
I had fun meeting many of Clyde’s high school classmates last night. Plus we had fun talking about many of his memories of Lake St. Louis. We drove around Wenztville this morning going to breakfast and his remarks were about how much the area had changed. I guess that’s pretty much true where ever you go. In any case, cheers go out to the class of 1977!
Fall always brings many things at us all at once. And I ignored blogging for too long. Fortunately, due to an early harvest year, last weekend brought the last of our grapes in. Saturday we processed 4 tons of Chambourcin, and this past Monday we crushed 4 tons of Norton. Clyde pressed out both batches yesterday, and is taking this weekend to go to his class reunion (I won’t say which one!). Thank you to all out there that helped and encouraged us this last two months! I’ll get back to some regular blog entries soon. Promise.
This past weekend we brought in Chambourcin grapes from Jim Billhorn’s vineyard in Coffman MO. Here’s Jim after a full day of picking:
And Jeff raking the grapes into the destemmer/crusher:
Half of the 6 tons of grapes was crushed directly into a tank in our cellar where it will ferment in contact with the skins of the berries. The other half went directly into the press where the juice was pressed out before starting the fermentation. Here is Clyde and Jeff taking a breath (and a carmel apple!) while the press does it’s job:
When the press is finishing, all the splashing causes a bunch of foam on the top of the juice, which I think looks wild, so here is a close-up for you:
Mmmm…looks like grape fluff, doesn’t it?!! We have one more BIG day of crush left this coming Monday. Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well. Cheers!