Waiting Game

Production has moved from our back yard to the 1000 year-old winery, Staffelter Hof. Anyone seeking a quintessential Mosel experience should commence their journey here. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Jan and his family for allowing us to use their winery. We can’t imagine producing our wine anywhere else.

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300 Vines endured pruning, leaf-plucking, tipping, spraying, weed-wacking, rain, sun, wind, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, fruit flies, disease, earwigs, lady beetles and still managed to fill this 500L tank. The freshly-squeezed juice is resting quietly in it’s new stainless-steel home. All we can do now is wait for the juice to warm and the yeast to spontaneously multiply….let the fizzing begin.

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We couldn’t be happier with how our day ran yesterday. A huge thank you to our friends who joined us. For most, it was the first time in the vineyard during harvest. They did a great job, smelling every bunch to eliminate any bunches which were affected by fruit flies. We yielded 500L of exciting  Riesling juice with 90 Oechsle and 11 g/L Acidity.

Reeceling Hunt 2014

I have to admit, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the journey from winter to autumn as a hobby winemaker. 4 days out from dropping the vintage, we’ve not yet established refractometer-ripeness. We have however found penetrating fruit flies which embed themselves inside our  Riesling bunches. Aided by a few weeks of rain, the bunches tumefied to popping-point, attracting all forms of guests. It’s not all bad news though. The rest of the grapes taste fantastic. My guess is high 80’s sweet and 10 sour. The foundations for an 18-8 Mosel mouth-waterer have been set 😉

Hobby winemaking is a weekend sport and this weekend we have nothing on. 13 Rows to sort and press.

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6:30 Flyby

Spraying fungicides is a necessary evil in all wine regions of the world. Organic or conventional, every winegrower sprays throughout the year. Variances in what, when and how play a huge role on the results in your glass.

My lads run to the bathroom window at 6:30 in the morning to greet the Pilot as he man-handles his machine across the vineyards behind our house.

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I had the pleasure of flying with a young pilot a few years ago. As he rotated us through every axis known to flight, he posed questions like, ‘So how did you end up here? Where did you meet your wife?’ He was a very likeable character with a quick wit and a cheeky grin which complimented his style of flying.

 

Lavender Ice Cream

Cathy here is on to something…..

Words and Herbs

Lavender’s Blue

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green

When I am king, dilly dilly, you shall be queen.

Let the birds sing, dilly dilly, let the lambs play;

We shall be safe, dilly dilly, out of harm’s way.

(Part of the English folk song, from Wikipedia)

Is lavender really blue? Well, lavender ice cream is definitely not blue, but creamy white!

This is my favourite homemade ice cream, and I usually only make it early in the year when the lavender flowers are just opening… their flavour is best then – not too strong and very delicate.

Lavender Ice Cream

The quantities here are small, since I make it in my ice cream machine. Feel free to double them!

Warm 200 mlmilk in a pan and add 6 fresh lavender heads. Steep on a low heat for about 15 minutes. Mix the beans of half a…

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