What Goes into Making Wine (Page 2)

What actually goes into making wine? There’s obviously the time when grapes are picked and squished into juice that makes the wine. But what about the rest of the year?

Here’s what a year in our wine making life was like.

Grape harvest time in the vineyard with Pumpjack Piddlewick

September is a balancing act of preparation and patience in the wine world, as we wait for the starter gun to fire. The call came in at 6 o’clock in the evening. “We have to pick NOW!” I dropped everything. It’s all Go! Go! Go! when it comes to harvestRead More →

What is it like to be a harvest widow " PumpjackPiddlewick

There’s a term in the the wine industry, a ‘Harvest Widow’. I’m a Harvest Widow. In fact this is my 6th time being a widow. No, I haven’t butchered 6 husbands and hidden them under the vines. Though harvest time may give one ideas. Harvest season is the best ofRead More →

In the past, I personally wouldn’t care that spring has been tentative in coming. It might not have even registered in all honesty other than to complain it was a bit chilly. But now that we manage vineyards and are looking to buy grape juice this next harvest, what happensRead More →

You watch the vines come to life in the spring and then slowly the leaves start to unfurl and tiny grapes begin to make themselves shown.  You harvest, you press and ultimately you make wine. Then you watch, wait, test, test again, keep testing, adjust, taste, adjust, put in aRead More →