Crushin' those grapes...by hand

Well, we're still pretty far away from establishing our commercial winery, but I have a feeling the time might just creep up on us. :)  So, the more grapes we crush and the more wine we make the better, right?  Well, OF COURSE! So, that leads me into our little grape crushing event last month with Landon and Ella's help.  And, truly they were very good at it!  They had the system down, so I figured if a one-year old and a two-year old could handle it, my mom and I had better step up to the plate! :) Some close friends of my parents donated some grapes out of their garden, and so we crushed some Concord grapes and left it to ferment in the basement. 

We even let Landon get into the bucket and stomp on them a little bit...and then we forgot that the acid can cause some people to itch.  I don't know how my mom and I forgot, because we both react to the grape must.  So, we quickly exited that exercise to get him upstairs and medicated. :)  Poor guy...we'll try to remember next time, buddy.

It's been several weeks now, so the wine has finished fermenting and we have racked it into a smaller container. We are now letting it age and clarify some before we add any sugar and bottle it.  It's  a lot smaller scale than a commercial winery would be, or even the winery at Kirkwood College, in which we are taking classes, but no less fun and exciting.  So, though this wine is not officially the first bottle of Glyn Mawr wine, I think we'll still have fun making some mock labels just to get us excited for what lies ahead! Thanks Mac and Denise for kick-starting our winery! Til next time,



Comment on this post (3 comments)

  • Crystal says...

    ohhh…..making labels may be a really fun thing to do!! Let me know if you need help brainstorming..bet we could come up with some good stuff. :)

    January 18, 2016

  • Lindsay says...

    I had no idea you guys used those grapes—let me know how it turns out! (I’m always looking for a way to bring a little bit of home back with me to DC . . . and what better way than aged, in a bottle?!)

    January 18, 2016

  • Kelly says...

    Poor Landon! :( How exciting though! You guys are one step closer to your actual product! :)

    January 18, 2016

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