I would like to introduce you to "Decks" our new calf! No, we did not first see him from our deck! His name is in keeping with the holiday song, "Deck the Halls". We knew that his mother, Beatrice, was soon to delivery and have been watching her closely for a week or so. Concerned and with ulterior motives - we are ready for fresh milk! If you are wondering how to tell if a cow is ready to calve, … [Read more...] about Fresh Milk is Coming – Meet Our New Calf!
Making wine at home involves several steps and time. Making wine at home can be done with very little equipment. While we use a crusher/destemmer and a bladder press, it can be done without them. A quick internet search will yield a viariety of suggestions. As you can see from the photo above, the grapes have been fermenting after crushing/destemming and it is now time for pressing to … [Read more...] about Making Wine at Home
Well, harvest is over but there are always grapes left to glean! Because of the way our vine rows are set up, the last vine on the row does not get harvested by the Pellenc grape harvester. Now, some might say that we did that on purpose to make sure we have grapes for making wine! We really didn't but, it has served us well. You can see from the photo above buckets that are full of Aglianico and … [Read more...] about Making Wine – Crushing Grapes
Last week was a flurry of activity around here - grape harvest 2016 had finally arrived! If you remember, we had lost our whole Roussanne grapes to bunch rot. After that, I felt like I was holding my breath until the Aglianico and Montepulciano were out of the vineyard. Each grape harvest 2016 morning began at the crack of dawn. The sky was gorgeous as we stood at the barn and watched the sunrise … [Read more...] about Grape Harvest 2016
Did you know that cows love watermelon and pumpkin? Ours sure do! And, we love FREE food for them! It is rare that we have a watermelon from the garden go bad. In fact, I'm not sure we have ever had one rot! Once we have eaten the red, the cows get the rind and love it. But, boy, do they love the red! Not too far away from us is a watermelon and pumpkin packing plant owned by a local farmer. He … [Read more...] about Cows Love Watermelon and Pumpkin!
This is a difficult post to write. After all, I would never have dreamed that I would be telling you about a battle between our Roussane grapes and bunch rot. But, this is real life and I want to be real with you, sharing the ups and downs. Before I give the sordid details, let me just say that God is God in the good times and the bad. And, he has definitely blessed us as a family - even though … [Read more...] about Roussane Grapes and Bunch Rot