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Pressing Day for ZIN – Bears Press Niners

Its been a little over a week and today the must is at 4 Brix.  I rented the  press from Fermentation Solutions for $30 bucks and pressed must into the Carboy.   This year’s yield looks like about 30 gallons and it actually tastes pretty Zinny.    I might have accidentally made a pretty good…

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Syns Crush Zins, Ducks Crush Spartans…

The 2014 “Synfandel” is in the history books.  Gina and I picked grapes early this morning. Preliminary BRIX ratings averaged 25 so we decided to pick the best of the grapes aiming at a yield of 20 gallons.   In a couple of hours,  we ended up with about 200 lbs of grapes with at least…

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Tomorrow is Crush Day and Ducks vs Michigan

Today I picked up the necessary ingredients from Fermentation Solutions for this years Zinfandel. Tomorrow is the 2014 harvest of the Vineyard Grapes and I am reviewing our protocols for this year. Hopeful this will serve to remind me what the process consists of in future harvests. I tend to forget. Day One – Harvest…

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Another Brix in the Fall…

It’s Grape harvesting season again and I’ve started to measure the BRIX of our crop on a daily basis now.  The day you pick determines the quality of wine.  The usual timetable for our vineyard is sometime between now and November.  Typically its been mid September but many of the vinyards in Napa Valley are already…

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The first in the Neighborhood…

You know your getting old when the kids in the neighborhood start sending you wedding invitations.   This year,  several neighborhood “kids” tie the knot and set out on there own neighborhood experiences with there own families.  Congratulations to Elizabeth and Chris Dang.  Thank for inviting us to a great event.

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Celebrating our 31st on the 31st

This July 31th marks our 31st wedding anniversary and we decided to celebrate it by attending some local concerts at the Paul Mason Winery and San Jose Broadway. Last Month we saw Steely Dan in Concert, the Jersey Boys at the San Jose Theater, the Tubes on the 4th of July , Last week Foreigner…