Crushing

Crushing, Grapes, Home Winemaking, Pressing

Crush Time

Crush Time

You have to be flexible to make wine. This past Friday, I was just a guy on his way to a weekend getaway in Deep Creek, Maryland. On Sunday, I rushed home from said vacation to load more than 350 pounds of grapes into my car. A call came from Dr. Bob […]

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Crushing, Pressing

The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 3

The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 3

Caitlin – October 10th, 2012 Let’s begin where we left off: Robert and I, looking at each other, with fear in our eyes. My palms were sweating. My mouth was dry. I can’t speak for Robert, but I have to assume he was experiencing similar physiological symptoms of stress. We were […]

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The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 2

The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 2

Caitlin – October 9th, 2012 I must confess something to you. I omitted a key piece of information from Part 1. About two weeks ago, Dr. Bob called Robert to tell him we wouldn’t be getting any Vidal Blanc after all. He produced less fruit than he thought he would. […]

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What’s in a Name? The Role of Bee Guts in Winemaking

What’s in a Name? The Role of Bee Guts in Winemaking

Robert – October 8th, 2012 It’s the name of our red wine and part of the title of this blog. Now I’m going to tell you how we arrived at the name Abeille. As I’ve mentioned, I didn’t know anything about winemaking the year I decided to begin this adventure. […]

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Crushing, Prep Work

The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 1

The 2012 Crush – A Dramatic Mini-Series in Three Parts – Part 1

Caitlin – October 7th, 2012 For the events I am preparing to describe make sense to you, I have to take you back two months. Robert and I were eating dinner at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis, which is a great restaurant. If you live in the area, you […]

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