02 September 2011

Almost a repeat of last week!

I was reading what I wrote last week and this week was so similar I almost could have re-posted!  The weather wasn't quite as perfect for growing but it was nice and is supposed to warm up again this weekend.  The nights have started cooling off more and that combined with the lowering sun has started to put me in the mind of fall instead of summer.  Our clusters are just finishing going through lag phase and the seeds have hardened nicely.  Now I just want to start seeing some color change and a little berry softening!  There is a little color in the Foch block, though none on our cluster yet.
As for our pinot trials we did taste through them last week and while all the differing opinions made making a decision a little more difficult then I might have hoped.  I always wish for the day when everyone at the table has the same opinion, but then again what fun would that be?!  So taking the results from the Friday tasting I narrowed done the choices and tried creating the blends again at lower levels of additions.  Mary, Barry and I tasted the wines yesterday and decided I might be a little closer but needed to go lower still.  I brought the wines home and my husband confirmed so back to it again next week!  I made up a new set of blends to sit over the weekend and we will taste the wines on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed I'll be there or almost there.  I would like to go on vacation knowing this part of the process has been resolved.   Sorry no engaging pictures, I forgot to take my camera in with me to both tastings!

If you are looking for something to do this weekend keep the Bounty of Benton County in mind.  It is a great opportunity to support local rural families and to enjoy much that Benton County has to offer.  Plus a little of Polk County too!  We are on the tour and will be offering Fairview Farm's cheeses alongside our wines.  So stop by, buy a passport and go on a little road trip.  For more information, click here.

Yesterday while taking our cluster pictures I did snap this of the crocosmia blooming in front of the tasting room. The colors really are wonderful right now.

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