Thanksgiving Weekend 2017

After having a small family Thanksgiving at Rosewood we headed to Oak Moon on Friday morning.  It was time to pull out the boxes of Christmas decorations and put away what was still out for the harvest celebrations.  Lights on the lamp post, replace the wreath on the front door, mantle changes and such.  With the early Thanksgiving this year it’s too early to put natural roping up yet or it will be burned out by the time Christmas gets here so that will be something to do next weekend.

The Christmas tree was another story.  I should have gotten it up and decorated but instead worked on blowing the leaves from much of the yard into the field we’ll burn to rid it of buffalo grass and make it ready for apples, pears and persimmons next spring.  I’ll still need to spread lime there again before it gets too much like winter but again, that’s another story for another weekend.  Anyway, I split the time between inside and outside and that was nice.  We have a new swag for the bedroom hearth and it looks great with the lights.

The Christmas hearth in the Laird’s Room.

The other priority this weekend was racking the first batch of wine I’ve ever made.  Last weekend I started a Pinot Grigio kit (WineExpert World Vineyards) and primary fermentation was complete.  Cleaning and sanitizing took longer than I expected, what a surprise, but in the end, I think things worked out as needed.  Now I’ve got a couple of weeks to wait until it’s time to start clarifying.

I’m not really sure how the wine will turn out but I need to get the process down so why wait, right?  It’s going to be several years before I could have any useable harvest from grapes grown at Oak Moon even if I get a vineyard started in 2019 so by working with kits for a while I’ll be good and ready to make the jump to wine making from fresh grapes.  And drinking a wine I made, regardless of where the juice came from, would be pretty nice.

Racked for secondary fermentation