Chardonnay Harvest 2009

This is where I have been the last few days. Away from the computer and enjoying the harvest season.


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  1. KC - Fresno, Ca. Says:

    WOW -what an interesting process – thanks for the lesson

    Of course, the best ever is the end results – yipppeee

  2. KC - Fresno, Ca. Says:


    Oops – forgot to ask – how long does the liquid ferment before being poured into the bottles. How long do the bottles sit before being able to drink???

  3. doggies all over Says:

    Good question!
    Don’t know Adam’s answer, but not long, if they’re in my house! 🙂

  4. Do you need a taster for the wines….to make sure they are just right for selling?

  5. Great video Adam, always wondered how it was done…

    Steve and I went to the Western NC mountains this last weekend and drove The Tail of the Dragon… a 11 mile stretch of road that has 318 curves on it. These links are for some video I shot while Steve was driving. I have a MINI Cooper so it handles the corners very well. We also did some hiking and just driving and looking at the scenery. I will get the pictures up sometime this week.

    Hope everyone is having a good week so far.

  6. Adam asks me in the previous thread,……..” why is everyone coming here?” ( Refering to Mexicans wanting to keep coming into the US. )

    Well……….by the looks of this video Adam, I’d say they want to come here to work in your vineyard. Why are they all covered up while the camera is rolling? You weren’t wearing your INS hat that day were you?

  7. Very interesting video…..and agree, Award Winning! Adam’s wine is hmm hmm good….good to the last drop.

  8. Adam Housley Says:

    John, John, John!

    I have worked in the vineyards myself since I was 6 and have done every job…including weeding! Now, they wear so many clothes for two reasons…one it is actually cooler because it keeps the fluids in the clothes and thus cooler and also keeps them protected from the sun. Many will even admit they don’t want real dark skin because the darker the skin in Mexico….in some cases is synonimous with being poor. It’s not really the way any more…but in generations past south of the border, lighter skin was considered more european and more family money.

    As for the wine. Chardonnay juice will settle for 5 days or so. Then ferment for about two weeks. It can then spend a short amount of time in the barrel, or remain in the tank until bottling.
    Red wines ferment in the tank right at harvest….with the skins which provide color. Then after about two weeks, the skins are pressed and the wine is put into barrels for at least a year to age.


    P.S. I updated tell me what you think!

  9. @John–

    you sure do tease with a great sense of humor— I laughed so hard~


    I am sure John knows the great and most accurate explanation you gave in the first paragraph– so very true about the long sleeves– as I wear long sleeves for those reasons you gave when working in the backyard as I did for two days- and the other explanation as to the dark skin, so very true— I remember “naco” was the word used in Mexico to refer to the very dark, Indian 100%, and this word was very offensive– as calling a black using the “n” word—– what would make this not so offensive was them remembering Benito Juarez, a full blown Indian, also “the first full-blooded indigenous national to serve as President of Mexico—” But, yes, you are so on the money about the thinking of the lighter skin— (people and their thinking….. shame on them!)

    Imagine a poor person who decided to make his own wine and could only do a couple bottles of wine at the time and having to wait a whole year for the stuff to age~ LOL

  10. also today:

    El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule.

  11. Adam Housley Says:

    Viva Mexico!!!! Well Viva those who want Mexico to thrive without drugs and corruption!

  12. kudos to that! (freedom of drugs and corruption)

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