Saturday, September 21, 2013

New Grape Press from Musca Wines

At our test vineyard we have so many varieties but don't produce a huge amount of grapes from any one variety except Leon Millot.  Often we'll only produce 11 litres of wine from the small batches.  Problem is we have a #45 grape press and it is really too big for small batches of grapes.

This year we have purchased a new grape press from Musca Wines Ltd. http://www.musca.com/  .  Musca is based in Ottawa, Ontario and offers a complete source of wine making supplies including wine presses. Their prices are the best I could find on the internet, their service fantastic, and they will deliver across Canada.  My new #25 press, cost only $286 (including delivery to Edmonton) and arrived in about 5 days.  if you need wine making supplies it is worth your while to contact them.

Wasps Destroying the Grapes

The early grapes, high sugars and heat are the perfect conditions for wasps to invade the vineyard.  Usually we don't have this issue as the grapes are just coming into ripeness and high sugar as the cold weather is approaching.

This year is an exception and the wasps were destroying the grapes.  Fortune would have it that i still had the old nets that i started with from Kootenay Covers.  They have small aperture openings that do not let the wasps or larger insects in.

Instead of putting out the bird netting I put out these nets instead and hopefully it will keep the wasps away. Thus far they had nearly taken all the Lucy Kuhlman grapes.  I swatted a few of them and they are all full of grape juice, and they are easy to hit as they are so full of juice as to be barely able to fly.

Unfortunately in this case the vineyard has grown and I did not have enough of the Kootenay Covers netting to cover all the vines.  What was interesting is that once I covered the all the grapes I could, the wasps then went on to locate other grapes in the vineyard that were still exposed and began to eat those ones - even those that normally would not have attracted them as they are not yet quite as high in sugars as the Lucy Kuhlman.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Grapes Looking Good Sept 2013

With excellent heat the vines are really far ahead in terms of ripening the grapes this year. 
Here is where we are at for Brix as of Sept 8, 2013
Grape              Brix     PH
Castel              15
Leon Millot     17        2.8
Evangeline       18       2.8
Ravat 34          12
Foch                 15
Lucy Kuhlm     15
Triompe            16
Acadie               14
Colmar              16
Petit Milo           16

Here is some pictures;
Ravat 34
 

Leon Millot

Evangeline (this was a smaller cluster, most are a lot bigger than this one)