When I last posted in March, Change is Good, I had no intention of continuing Cultured Palate. What you might ask, has changed?
Well, I am still very much enjoying being more concentrated on and more accessible for my family. But, I have been touched by the emails, comments and questions about what is going on with us now. So, I thought I would revisit those of you who have taken the time to get to know our family with periodic updates.
A lot has happened in these few months – we have a new milk cow, took a 5000+ mile trip to Maine (in our 15 passenger van) and have a new vineyard toy imported from France – but, I will tell you more about all that later!
Even though I have worked in the vineyard in years past, I have spent even more time working with the family since redirecting how my time is spent. After all the pruning was finished, we had a late freeze on April 15th with 21.7 F temperature. Despite the fact that our vines were budded out and we had 6 inch long shoots, the Lord miraculously protected the vineyard. Thankfully, we had very little damage and Lord willing, we will have a bumper crop.
You can see in the photo below, the grapes blooming.
Below are blooms (on the left) with tight clusters (on the right) yet to bloom beside them.
In May, you can seen the vineyard view from on top of the filter house.
If you look back at the first picture, you can see how much growth has occurred in just a month’s time!
Now, for the grapes – yes, they are green but thankfully, there are a lot there!!!
And, one more:
Vineyard work is in full swing and I can’t wait to tell you about our new vineyard toy!