For a chronological listing of our building projects with ICF (or insulated concrete forms), be sure to look through the ICF Building Index tab in the menu bar. With the footers and supporting walls completed, we are ready for the front porch concrete! The weather after the blizzard has been a milder and John and the boys have been able to get the prep work done to have the concrete delivered. … [Read more...] about Front Porch Concrete
Have you ever played the movie line game? Our family has several variations of this game (it's a favorite vineyard game): One person says a line from a movie and everyone has to guess which movie it is from. Or, one starts the movie line and another completes it. Or, after a movie line is said, someone adds the next line. One of my favorite movie lines is, "It's the little things in … [Read more...] about New Chicken Coop = No More Poop on My Porch!
For a chronological listing of our ICF building see ICF Building Index. It seems like years since we started the greenhouse. Oh, wait a minute - it has! We started it on July 23, 2012 - my how time flies! A year later, May 2013, we started the EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) on the greenhouse and finished the EIFS the same month. So, for a couple of years now, we have had a … [Read more...] about The Greenhouse is Finished!
You might wonder how the wine is coming from our crushed Montepulciano grapes - the ones we crushed after last year's harvest. Well...That is still sitting in some barrels with oak. But now we get to deal take the wine from the 2013 vintage to the next step - bottling. Before getting to this point though, the +/- 55 gallons of wine in two small barrels has been racked and racked - siphoning the … [Read more...] about Bottling Montepulciano Wine
This past week the boys of the family went to California. While it was not exactly a pleasure trip, they had a lot of fun from all accounts! I'll show you some pictures in a moment but first, the reason for the trip! We are looking to buy a Precision Pruner for our Pellenc 4560 multi-functional machine (we just call it the grape harvester). You can click here to watch a video of it. The precision … [Read more...] about Hello CA and the Pellenc Precision Pruner
You may have noticed a new menu tab in the top right hand corner of Cultured Palate - Ceramic Tile Muralswhich will eventually be Ceramic Tile Murals. Now, these are not just any murals - they are hand painted in Spain! You might wonder how in the world a grape growing girl, transplanted from Alabama to Texas, came to be an importer of ceramic tile murals that are hand painted in Spain. … [Read more...] about Ceramic Tile Murals