Thursday, November 02, 2006


On November 16th the "plan" is to release our first wine of the 2006 vintage, our Nouveau Red. That is the same day that Beaujolais nouveau is released in Paris and all over France and the world. Yep, that's the plan. I should be able to make it. This year I actually have the bottles on hand (arrived today), I have the labels ordered (half will be ready to hand label bottles the day before release), the corks and caps are ready to go. Oh, yeah, the wine. Well, that's coming along. Pushing a wine like this, and, honestly, I'm pushing, is a pretty interesting exercise in winemaking. The effects of fining, filtering, temperature, CO2 levels, anything that is manipulated is immediately obvious. Not always great, but obvious. Too soon to comment on the wine too much, but it does have that young, juicy-fruit aroma of French nouveau. I'll keep you devoted readers in the loop.

I have just two tanks still fermenting, a Cab franc and our Cabernet sauvignon. The Cab S. cold soaked for several days which means it was kept chilled, delaying the start of alcohol ferment with yeast. This is to extract color and flavor without too much tannic astringency. I can still increase tannin extraction later by leaving the must on skins for a while (extended maceration), but it's good to get the color up front.

Man, it feels good to have all the fruit off the vines. I picked up a cold for the last week of harvest and pretty much exhausted myself, but that happens to all winemakers, I bet. Long days, stress, and cold wet cellars are not what the doctor ordered. I'm lucky I didn't get pneumonia, I guess.

I have been spending nights lately on eBay, cruising for snowboard deals. I bought some boots and I'm going to bum a board off a friend, but I need bindings. Anyone know a good, cheap source? I have plans to ski or ride a lot this winter. That's the other "plan." I think both may be a little wishful, but without plans, nothing would happen.


At 9:26 PM, Blogger Dezel said...

Hello Tom,

Try , I have almost given up ebay for amazon; for what I purchase the prices are cheaper and shippig is regulated (and no getting sniped).

Curious, what was the avg. brix count of your Cabernet Franc ?

We have plans to visit Charlottesville for 2 days next week, and hope to visit your winery either Thur. or Fri.

Hope to see you around if you're @ the winery when we visit.

Happy Sipping!


At 6:30 AM, Blogger EuropeanTop said...

Hello and thanks for the opportunity to read and post on your blog.

I’ve just posted an article related to travel tips for seniors on my blog and I thought maybe you’d be interested in reading it. Here is short preview of some of the areas I covered:

- Prefer a backpack on wheels instead of a suitcase, you could pull it behind you when your back hurts or you are exhausted.
- Consider checking your bag in with the airlines, because it would become an unnecessary burden to be dragged all over the airport or the city if you are going to have a short visit.
- You could stay outside the city, in a hostel maybe, because it is cheaper, less crowded and the air is much fresher, but you have to walk or use the transport more, to get in the city or to the station.
- Most museums, some concert halls, railways, airlines, bus lines, ferry and shipping lines have a discount policy for seniors.
- Electronic devices are useful but sometimes they can give you a lot of headaches. You could help yourself with a micro-tape recorder to record your notes. It would be easier than to write and you would put them down on paper later, to share your notes with your family.
- If you bring a camera with you to keep the beautiful images alive along the time then make sure you know how to handle it or you might fail to record them not only on that camera but also in your eyes.

For more resources on travelling to Europe you are welcome to visit my blog, where you can also get acces to some excellent maps of Rome and maps of Berlin, together with information on hotels and restaurants.

Best regards,

Michael R.

At 8:45 PM, Blogger nancy g said...

Hi Tim,

Hope the sniffles are behind you. Heard great reviews from the Norfolk festival in October. You really impressed a couple of former microbrew fans. Regarding your plans for boarding - I've heard that there are some terrific mountains in New Hampshire. I could set you up with some nice people if you're interested. Hope to see you soon. When's the concert schedule coming out?

At 12:52 AM, Blogger maisey said...

Hey man-update your blog!

At 12:52 AM, Blogger maisey said...

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At 9:23 PM, Blogger wineona said...

Hey! We finally had some Nouveau and loved it. Thanks for helping us out with a fun Christmas wine.
Post again soon! Please!
Your fan,

At 4:14 PM, Blogger mp said...

Hello Tom!

My sister just gave me a bottle of 2004 cabernet sauvignon. The best I think I've ever had. It made me curious to learn more and read your blog. For what it's worth. Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! I don't think anything is easy and there is a great deal of work that goes into every glass of wine and I sincerely appreciate what you do!

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Dezel said...

Greetings Cardinal Point and Happy New Year !

Where are the updates ? (lol)

Look forward to seeing you guys again soon.

Happy Sipping!



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