Tuesday, November 24, 2009


It's been a gray week so far, cloudy with steady rain. Not great for cutting soybeans but perfect for baking, eating turkey and watching football. The Laytons are headed to Pennsylvania for the holiday weekend and we hope they'll bring sun when they return.

William and I (Chloe) went to speak to Al Cassinelli, of Cassinelli's Winery and Vineyards. He's going into his second year of operations and had many insights to share about his experience. Winemakers seem to be a pretty friendly breed, offering lots of encouragement to us newcomers.

Back at the winery, Richard has been doing (quite literally) the dirty work. We racked the Traminette yesterday, after a lengthy fermentation, and today, the Chambourcin. This process, where we get rid of the accumulated solids in the bottom of the tank, is called 'getting the wine off the lees.' Basically, there's a beautiful purple mess left from fermentation (the lees) and it has to be rinsed out before putting wine back in. Fortunately, water (and water pressure) are wonderful cleaning agents.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for checking in!

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