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More than we expected

on September 29th, 2007 by mark

We thought we’d purchased 1000 pounds of Tempranillo today. We drove half the state again (well, OK–a third of the state. California is large, after all) to Paso Robles to pick up the grapes, this time with my friend Catherine and her husband David, in tow. It was the typical quick trip and Paso was […]

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Not What I expected

on September 27th, 2007 by mark

The surgeon’s doom was…..well….interesting. I’m at home, no hospital stays–no extraordinary feats of medical magic. In fact, for now–I’ve avoided the scalpel. Here’s the sitch: Dr. Abou Samra says that my disc problems are actually not all that bad. It’s just that they’re in the wrong place (the bulges hit nerves) and they cause pain. […]

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Rants and Notes

on September 26th, 2007 by mark

I am indeed still here…I just literally have exhausted myself with the pace of work and all of the doings in our lives right now. I sat down to watch Ken Burns’ The War last night and was truly interested. I was actually excited to see it. So, I pulled up the recliner, sat back […]

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Wine Phlog

on September 24th, 2007 by mark

A bit more phlogging is in order so that the process is recorded for posterity. Suffice to say, Brian woke this morning and went out to the wine room and sure enough–the wine was still there. I paid a visit tonight while Sue and Peanut entertained the PTO from Peanut’s school (and assorted children) to […]

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In the barrel

on September 23rd, 2007 by mark

The Barbera sat over-night in the plastic barrels and settled out–that is, the tasty tidbits of yeast and such mostly settled to the bottom. So, today around noon, Brian and I racked the wine from the plastic to the oak barrels. Brian purchased a brand new French oak barrel for this year’s wine and he […]

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Press Passes

on September 22nd, 2007 by mark

Told you I was tired. Still am. Up at 4 this morning. Something kinked in my neck and the “pinched nerve” feeling is abundant. However, I soldiered on…. The rain fell today rather impressively and it was the cause of our one week hold on the 1000 pounds of Tempranillo grapes we will get from […]

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The Longest Day

on September 18th, 2007 by mark

The Barbera punch downs continue to go well. No need to report much as the fermentation is going fine. I’ll report more this weekend when we begin pressing and when we get our Tempranillo. Busy day–at work by 7:00 putting the touches on the new curriculum we’re using that includes a lot of vocabulary and […]

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Tonight, the yeast is working…

on September 17th, 2007 by mark

OK-this is a wine update as I have no other kind of update to make. My pal Jason took a good photo of what the must looks like…. That’s 800 pounds of Barbera grapes, destemmed and crushed with 12 packets of yeast now eating away at the sugars. A crust has formed on top of […]

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Wait and see

on September 16th, 2007 by mark

The weather has been a bit cool and the result of that is that the fermentation is rather taking its time. We’d been expecting by the end of day today to have a complete “crust” or “cap” of grape-skins, lees, over the wine. That has not happened as of yet, but the yeast has indeed […]

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Fermentation…

on September 15th, 2007 by mark

Joe Macchiarello is a man who has found his niche. He provides grapes, barrel refurbishing, crushing and juice services for home winemakers. He’s in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, right off of Highway 46, a stone’s throw from the Tobin James winery. He’s a big dude, Joe is, and his heart is just […]

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