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Friday, October 23, 2009

Grapes Galore

If you want to try something new and adventurous this fall, try your hand at making some home-made wine. There are a lot of different options whether you choose the home-brew kits, which use concentrated grape juice or you take the plunge like we did and find fresh locally grown grapes. We are using Chardonel grapes (a cross between Chardonnay and Sevyal Blanc) and Frontenac grapes (an extremely hardy red variety). Greg picked the grapes from Cold Spring Orchards in Belchertown. We also planted several varieties on our own property hoping to understand the mystery of good grape production and wine-making.

It is a fascinating subject. In one year, we may have palatable wine or one heck of a yuk vinegar. It’s always the chance you take when you try something new. If you want to increase your odds from the beginning, your best option is a wine-kit. But what’s the fun in that? The inspirational gardening thought for the day is a bit cheeky but it is Friday. As Kathleen Mifsud articulated for all to understand - “Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with.” Have a great weekend - Annie
Photo taken by aspiring plunkologist - Greg Bilowz
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