2012 Norton

Last week we crushed a 3 ton batch of Norton Grapes and today/tonight we are pressing out the wine. ¬†Here are a few pictures of the process….
1.The truckload of bins filled with nortons. 2.The view inside the bins – check out all those grapes!
3.We borrowed our neighbor’s tractor and forklift to make sure we had enough horsepower to lift the bins around.
4.The grapes were then dumped into this destemmer/crusher. The stems end up in a bin while the crushed grapes are pumped into a clean bin.
This is what the crushed grapes look like after they come out of the crusher. At this point the bins are taken down into the wine cellar and yeast is added to each bin. The yeast is allowed to ferment for a few days, and then it’s time to use the press to separate the skins and seeds.
1.Here’s the press after Clyde cleaned and sanitized it this morning. 2. Back down in the cellar, Clyde pumps the liquid from the bottom of the bin over the top of the bin so that all the skins and seeds get mixed in and become easier to pump. 3. Then Clyde starts pumping the wine up out of the cellar and into the press. Here’s the wine just beginning to flow out from the press into the collection pan below. 4.Extreme wine closeup! ūüôā
All this work exhausted Maggie and Pepe, so they took a nap in the sun while we pressed out our Nortons this afternoon. I think it’s about time to go join them! Cheers!

Nola Visits Peaceful Bend


Meet Nola, a Burmese Mountain Dog, who visited Peaceful Bend on Sunday. I’ve never seen this breed before, but she is so pretty and friendly. Nola is a rescue dog who was saved from a puppy mill.


What a great adoring look she is giving her owner (and that tongue is adorable too)!  Nola had a lovely visit and enjoyed attention from everyone. However, Pepe got a bit jealous of all the attention (as usual) and had to try to upstage Nola:


Well, he’s either trying to upstage her, or figure out how to jump head first into the snack cooler!

Thanks for visiting Peaceful Bend, Nola. I hope you had a great camping trip and that your owners enjoyed their Dry Creek. Cheers!

Wine Up Your Weekend!

But first, I have one more photo of Pepe to share today:

The clouds rolled in Wednesday afternoon, threatening rain that never materialized unfortunately.  But, the lack of rain gave me a chance to hike around with Pepe.  Here he is waiting patiently for me to finish my photo session.

But now to look ahead to this weekend! ¬†The clouds and wind did bring a nice little cool front through. ¬†According to the weather channel we should be enjoying mid-eighties for our temperatures this weekend – perfect picnic temps! ¬†I hope you can swing by the winery and enjoy a nice bottle of wine, a few friends and the fact that you aren’t baking to a crisp with us this weekend!

If you are at Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, come on by The Country Club Hotel & Spa at Lake Ozark to say hi to me during the 19th annual Wine and Brew Festival from 2-6pm.  Find more information about the festival click here.

For those that remember Julie and miss her, she’ll be at the winery throughout the weekend on a camping trip with her friends. ¬†I know she would enjoy saying hi to you when you come by.

I hope you have a wine-derful weekend – Cheers!