Last weekend we were at Linden for the annual barrel tasting and I snapped this picture of the vineyards. The growth is well on it’s way. Some say as much as three weeks earlier than last year.
Swirl, Sip, Snark and Cellarblog have posted pictures of their wine racks. I’m very impressed with their wine storage. Frank from Drink What You Like also kicked in his photo on Twitter. They have issued a challenge for all Virginia wine blogs to post about their wine storage. Wanting to be part of the in crowd and participate I decided to show how I store my wine. I have two separate areas for my wine. I store them both in my dining room. I have one rack just for white wines and then on the other side of the room I have two racks for all my red wines. Both racks are organized by winery. My wine collection is almost exclusively Virginia wine so I can store them on the racks by winery. This works out well when I’m looking for a specific wine from a specific winery. So here are the pictures of my wine racks. How do you store your wine?
White wine rack…I also have several bottles chilling in the refrigerator.
Red wine racks.
Not to leave out Warren, I will say that he stores his wine in several places around his house. He has most of them in a closet that keeps a pretty constant temperature and lots of darkness.
Yesterday we spent a good chunk of the day at Gray Ghost Vineyards helping to harvest the chardonnay grapes. This has become an annual event for us. This was my 6th year and Warren’s 8th year harvesting. We always have a good time and enjoy meeting new people.
As usual, we got up really early and met others at the winery and enjoyed some breakfast treats before heading out to the vineyards.
Al gave us a quick lesson on how to harvest the grapes.
We then headed out to the vineyards to begin harvesting the grapes.
Here’s Warren hard at work snipping the stems.
We found a small bird nest IN the vines!
A few hours later the lugs were weighed and 11 TONS (yes, tons) of chardonnay grapes had been harvested.
At the end we toasted and cheered for the record breaking harvest and what a good job we had all done! We look forward to repeating this again next year!