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!

More Chardonel on board

Here is Clyde in his ‘spam’ shirt talking with Chardonel grape grower, Jack Russell.  Jack & his wife own Charleville Vineyards in Coffman, MO.  They brought their last load of Chardonel by this morning and we processed about 2 1/2 tons.  Clyde says “it’s just like college – loaded before noon!”  Hmmmm….sounds like he had more fun in college than I did!  Ha!

And our last two chickens also made an appearance this morning!  Here they are:

Their names are Stewart (Stew for short) and Barb.  Barb is missing her sisters Bea and Que, who both met their demise recently! 

Tomorrow I go to pick up grapes in the morning and will be back to process those.  We’ll be getting our first red grapes of the season.  Sandy will be watching the shop for us, so come on by and check out what we’re up to if you can!