There once was a man named Drago,
He came from Croatia a long time ago.
He grew many a vine,
And yelled loudly all the time.
The most interesting guy you could know.
Growing up in the Fraser Valley, Mike N. lived in a tight-knit rural community with several neighbourhood ‘personalities’. One of these personalities was named Drago (see limerick above.) 2009 happened to be one of the warmest years on record in the area and Drago had a bumper crop of grapes. Not knowing what to do with all these grapes, he tracked down the local neighbourhood wine nerd and said in his usual tone, “HEYYYY… MIKE… YOU VANT GRAPES?” (picture an unshaven middle-aged Croatian dude waving his arms in the air). Continue reading
After countless hours of hard work, The Wine Coop is nearing completion. We still have a lot of little finishing touches to take care of, but as you will see by the following slideshow, we are well on our way.
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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