A sunny afternoon in April we popped by a local winery in Abbotsford with our first two wines to get an outside opinion. The color and the aromas of our cherry wine and the full mouth feel of our Marechal Foch pleasantly surprised our winemaker acquaintance. However, we all felt that the Cherry wine came across rather thin with no length and the Foch had those typical Fochy characteristics (wild, brambly and lacking much aroma).
With a twinkle in his eye he grabbed the bottle of Cherry and tossed a dash into his glass of Foch, leaning our way said, “Try this!” This was our first official experience with blending. Continue reading
Note: this is a more detailed retelling of our winemaking adventures to date (for the wine nerds out there.) The feel-good abbreviated version set to music can be found in post (MM#001) The Adventure Thus Far.
2008 – Our Inaugural Vintage
It was the middle of July and we were hankering to try our hand at making wine. However, there was a slight catch… grapes weren’t in season. Thankfully, we were in the height of cherry season! Mike N. tracked down 50lbs of black cherries from local fruit stands while Mike R. scoured the web for cherry wine “recipes”. Jack Keller’s website on home winemaking proved quite useful despite us being a little wary of all the fruit wine recipes that called for added water and sugar. Continue reading