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Old 03-04-2011, 07:47 PM   #4611
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I made my presentation at the 60th annual Finger Lakes Grape Conference. All the experts were there from Cornell, and they had asked me to speak on growing Cold Hardy grapes in Northern NY.

I got that done, and then went to a small 40 person wine tasting where we tasted two of my wines, some from the Research station on Long Island and Bruce Reisch's two leading canidated for release. He won't name a date for release. I have both of them growing here.

Next up was a large tasting with a couple hundred people trying about 100 wines from the Finger Lakes. It was a fun day.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:51 PM   #4612
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Way to go Rich. I wish I could have been there. Sounds like you had a good day and probably made some good contacts.

 
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:51 PM   #4613
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I took a gallon of last years Blueberry Pomegranate wine and blended it with 4 gallons of Walker's Vignoles from last season. Created a blush. Sweetened to 1.010

After my wife sampled it I regret to inform everyone she will not be sharing with the other children.

I'm going to bottle some for her then sweeten a little more for 2 variations.

Racked my chocolate Choke Cherry wine last night. It has a deep intense dark red to it. Looks really nice. I ended up with 9 gallons in all. It has already started clearing nicely.

Trying to coordinate some bottling so I can rack some wines. It's crunch time.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:00 PM   #4614
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Took my kids to the Rock Cats stadium for fan day. Won a bunch of tickets for opening day next month. Seems like winter may pass after all!

Tonight after kids go to bed.... More wine checking: chianti lemonade, ice wine, Shiraz/vognier and racking a couple. Or maybe while they are watching a movie I can do some of that.

Last night finished season 4 of Dexter. Anyone here watch that?
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:27 PM   #4615
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I need to get motivated to wash some bottles. 4 6-gallon carboys ready to bottle. I need to find 4 oz. bottles for the jalepeno pepper wine...
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:08 PM   #4616
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Mom's been looking at buying a house.. 1960's ranch style on 2.23 acres, 2000 sqft, 3bd 2bth.. Been cleanin up the rental we're living now, because whether or not this particular house works out, we're moving *somewhere*

Sure dont wanna come back to clean this place after i've got a new one to work on..

Feels kinda like... Well...

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I need to get motivated to wash some bottles. 4 6-gallon carboys ready to bottle. I need to find 4 oz. bottles for the jalepeno pepper wine...
Dan if you have a place to buy new bottles look at getting 375ml splits. They are cheap at about $20 for 24 bottles. You can use the extra's for additional batches for test bottles.

 
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:44 PM   #4618
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Trying to coordinate some bottling so I can rack some wines. It's crunch time.
If you ever need a hand, give me a holler. I'd be glad to lend a hand if I'm around.
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I back sweetened my Noble Muscadine to 1.010. Very good flavor and given the higher than normal SG it seems to be taking it well. I'll bottle that next Friday so that I can bring a bottle or 2 to the DJRockinSteve get together for sampling.

Looking forward to next week.
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If you ever need a hand, give me a holler. I'd be glad to lend a hand if I'm around.
Which hand will u lend?
Will he give it back?
I know when I "lend" something sometimes I dont get it back. Can U survive with only ONE hand? How can U make more wine??
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