Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

Love, Hate, Part II

October 24, 2017 Leave a comment

So I left off with lots of grapes and nowhere to put them.  On Saturday, a very wet, cold and concerned crew processed all the Pinot noir they could until they ran out of  fermentation bins.  Later, that evening, RJ and I went to a charity event and I asked every farming or farming-related contact I knew if they had anything that resembled a fermentation bin.  I got a couple ideas but Sunday morning RJ contacted a nearby winery and they had 3 “old”, and I mean “old” fermentation 1-1/2 ton bins.  Between the sunny weather and the solution to his fermenting grape storage issue, RJ was a new man.  He was smiling, cracking jokes and several feet off the ground.  Alas, this wouldn’t last.  On Monday, he and Shannon were able to finish processing all the Pinot noir, rearrange all the bins and start making wine.  RJ was still flying high.  On Tuesday, they found out one of the old fermentation bins was leaking, so back to the winery where RJ bought them to see if them had more and then to pump the grapes and juice into the “new” old bin.  The stress is back.  Did I mention one of our harvest crew ended up spending two nights in the hospital starting Saturday with an undetermined GI issue.  Wednesday, we pick the whites.  More on that.

Another Harvest Come and Gone

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit this harvest was very stressful, but in the end it turned out fantastic.  The sugars are good, the pH is balanced, the volumes is good and not mildew or shrivel.  It’s kind of sad, that we wait a year and in a week it is over; a marathon week, but a week none-the-less.  But is it really over; well the picking may be but the wine making and processing has only begun.  Now comes the yeast additions, punch downs, watching temperatures, praying for no “stuck fermentations,” etc.

First Day of Our Own Vineyard

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Harvesting of our Forest Grove Vineyard went almost without a hitch.  The fruit looked very good; very large grapes which is unusual.  No shrivel, no mildew.  But the grapes didn’t weigh as much as we thought…interesting!  So RJ loaded the bins unto the “Big” truck and dumped the last one.  Fortunately, it wasn’t full, but it was a sticky task to pick the grapes up from the harvested wheat field.  He started processing those last night but couldn’t finish before exhausted and starvation took over.  A full day of processing ahead of him today.

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