Maggie like the new wine gift basket

I was taking pictures of my new wine gift basket – the wine tool basket – this afternoon for our newsletter (check your inboxes tomorrow).  Maggie plopped herself down behind the basket and had the best expression on her face.  I can just hear her saying “The wine tool basket is what every discriminating wine-loving dog needs.’   🙂


Bad WWWW Reader!

I’m sorry that I’m missing another W4 entry this week.  Last week we were so intense with bottling and getting ready for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, that I didn’t devote any time to wine reading.  I’ll get back at it this week and have a new roundup of articles for you next week.

I do have a photo to share with you today though.  While the bottling last week went well for the most part, we did have a few problems to contend with.  One small issue occurred when we started to bottle the Courtois on Wednesday.  Last week was a hot one for us and the wine protested was affected by the heat as much as the humans were!  Once the cold wine from the cellar got into the warmer bottling line temperatures, the gasses started to expand and come out of the wine, making for a LOT of foam.  Here’s a photo of our first try at bottling Courtois:

Now in a hand-bottling situation this foaminess is not an issue.  But with the electronic equipment, all that foam triggered the machine to stop filling the bottle before the bottle was actually filled with enough liquid.  We certainly don’t want to short anyone their wine!

So, we  changed to a different wine and allowed the Courtois to warm up a bit before going back to it later in the day.  The second try worked like a charm and we were able to bottle 200 gallons of Courtois in just over an hour!

So there’s at least a little Wednesday news for you. 🙂  I’ll be back soon with a few more photos from around the winery.  Cheers!

Gearing Up….

We are getting ready for another great day here!  It’s predicted to be another hot afternoon, so we have a couple of tents set up in the wine garden to provide extra shade (thanks Old Woolam Custom Bottling for letting us use your canopy for the weekend.).  This morning there is a nice breeze blowing too, so hopefully that will help keep things temperate too.

What better way to chill out today than to enjoy Rachel Brandt and Brad Johnson in our wine garden??  Here’s a little preview:

They’ll be playing from 1:30-4:30 this afternoon.

And another way to chill out is to make a wine smoothie.  Here’s a recipe for you to consider.

Whatever you do today, I hope you stay cool and get to relax with a glass of Peaceful Bend!