Friday, October 8, 2010

The Grapes Have Arrived!

Anyone who has ever made their own wine knows that it's not just about drinking a great wine you have made when it's finally done, it's the experience along the way.  And making your own wine from fresh grapes is exhausting work.  If you happen to be lucky enough to live near sources of great wine grapes the work may be a little easier on the front end, sourcing your grapes, but the rest is still a lot of work!

We live in the middle of the country where decent wine grapes are grown, but this year we really wanted something special.  Our source was Elkhorn Fruit in Lodi, CA.  Lodi is known for it's Old Vine Zinfandel, but they also grow a lot of Cab there.  It is somewhat reasonably priced, and so that is what we went with this year.

We picked up the fruit today.  It looked great!  No raisining, almost no damaged grapes, and they look to be perfectly ripened.

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