Friday, 8 October 2010

Beginning a new year, and a wine update

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Some of the tomato plants weren’t looking very happy, so we picked the green tomatoes to ripen in the house and cleared the bed ready to sow peas and broad beans next week.  I always feel very excited when we plant out the tomatoes as it seems like the beginning of summer.  Today, then, may be the beginning of winter but it’s equally exciting because we’re already planning next spring’s crops.  That’s the great thing about gardening – there’s always the next season to look forward to.

Wine making

Looking even further ahead, the wine being made by our friends is progressing well.  The grapes we picked a few weeks ago have been fermenting in the vats in the cave.  Yesterday some of the wine was ready to be removed from the grape skins and then returned to the vat.  We were asked to go over to watch, take photographs and in Lo Jardinièr’s case to help.  I’m going to be writing much more about the whole process of making this wine in the future, but for the moment here are a few photos:

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Looking into the wine vat (left) and the press (right)

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(left) running the wine off the marc or skins, (centre) Lo Jardinièr working the press which removes the wine left in the skins, and (right) the wine running out of the press.  The wine was then returned to the vats.

and the Guardian blog…

Apparently, I had misunderstood a rule preventing links to ‘commercial’ sites and this is why my comment was deleted.  Very strange because my blog is certainly not commercial in any way and I have made relevant links to it before.  You can’t argue with the moderator, but I have suggested that the Guardian should make the wording of the rules clearer.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What fun making your own wine. We have only one very young grape plant so it will be a while before we have enough to think about wine. Diane

Jan said...

We helped our friends with their wine last year. It's lovely to be involved!

HappyMouffetard said...

Hi Chaiselongue - looking forward to seeing the wine making process in detail.

A great point you make about gardening being about looking forward. I used to get sad that autumn had arrived, but now I think of it as the start of the a new gardening year.