While we are waiting

for the Cayuga White grapes to arrive this evening, Clyde stayed busy setting up his new tanks in the cellar.  This morning he rented a forklift for the weekend, and has put it to use right away.  Here’s a few pics of getting these tanks in our cellar door:

That’s Bob holding the tank down on the forklift there.  Clyde’s driving. 

Lifting the tank up….these tanks are not terribly heavy; just awkward!

And the tank is safely upright inside our cellar!  These tanks will hold 530 gallons when they are full, and the really neat thing about them is that they are “variable capacity” tanks.  They have a “floating” lid and if the tank isn’t completely full, the lid is lowered to the height of the liquid, and viola!  It’s almost like having 530 tanks for the price of one – hah! 

Tomorrow’s the big crush day, and I hope, hope, hope to post by 5pm or so.  But it might be Monday before I get back to the blog.  All good thoughts for a smooth and quick crush will be highly appreciated! Cheers!

Vineyard visits

I went out to see the Green’s vineyard this morning.  It was a great day, and I realized that I haven’t been hiking through a vineyard for a long time.  Took some samples of his vignoles so we have an idea of how they are ripening.  Also took pics of the catawba for some fun!  Here’s the results of this mornings’ work:

Well, not so appetizing looking, I know.  I tested for sugar, pH and acidity.  These grapes were quite sweet at 25% sugar in the juice.  This grower will look to harvest next weekend. 

Meanwhile we continue to prep for Sunday morning.  Had no troubles getting the equipment off of the semitruck yesterday, but in the process of taking the tanks to the cellar, our forklift’s front tire went flat.  So one repair and a few phone calls around to find out if we can rent a forklift nearby, we are back on track again.  It wouldn’t be harvest if it wasn’t crazy around here!  Hope to see you soon.  Cheers!

More Harvest Preparation

Clyde didn’t want his photo taken, so you get a gratuitous hand and leg shot!  Here he is working on our destemmer/crusher.  Pulling things apart, greasing it, tightening belts, and modifying it a bit for the upcoming harvest.  Sunday morning we will be crushing our first grapes of the season – Cayuga White.  We use this variety for our Whittenburg wine.  Come on by if you can, or if not, keep watch here and I’ll try to post pictures as soon as I have time.  Meanwhile, I will bore you with prep pics!