grape harvests inside and outside the fenceline

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If you were to look outside our windows this morning these are views you would see. It’s harvest time in our neck of the woods. In case you aren’t familiar with wine grape harvesting, they do it in the middle of the night when sugar and acid levels in the grapes are the most stable. It’s also much more favorable conditions for the work crew as temperatures can still get blazing hot during the day. It’s an exciting time around here, tractors and giant trucks carrying grapes are a constant on the road (usually right in front of you, going a third of the speed limit). Soon, maybe in another month the smell of fermenting grapes will hit you as you drive by wineries. This is a good time of year.

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On our side of the fence line, we have our fair share of grapes, but not wine grapes. We have various types of table grapes growing. They faired much more productive than our poor Concord grapes so we decided to turn our excess into juice. Unlike with apple cider making, you don’t have to grind the grapes before you press them, which makes grape juice making much quicker. The hardest part was picking out the bad grapes from each bunch and making sure we had washed off all the spiders. Ick! But then we just loaded up the press and twisted and twisted and cranked that handle until we had pitchers of juice.

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My initial intention was to can our excess juice, but it was too good, we drank it all right away. Maybe next year we’ll show more restraint and have it last longer. But for this year, we enjoyed every drop of that nectar.

As I said, this is a good time of year!

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6 responses to “grape harvests inside and outside the fenceline

  1. Yes! I really like this sequence on the grape harvest! Beautiful photos! Greetings!

  2. Jeanne Marie Wallace

    oh I remember doing this many a time BUT long ago, had souch fun doing all of the things we did, mum was so pleased when we all got togeather to gather our graps, you look as if you are having fun also, take care and hugs to you all take care,,Jeanne

  3. Lauren

    Have you canned grape juice before? I did once, but the sugar required from the recipe I had made it intolerable to drink. I’m curious if there’s a safe way to do it w/out all that sugar!

  4. Janet Salyers

    THANKS FOR THE TIP OF WHEN TO PICK. ENJOY EVERYTHING YOU WRITE ABOUT. WE ARE A MONTH BEHIND THIS YEAR. PICKED THE GREEN TOMATOES AND PLACED IN MY STATION WAGON. THEY ARE GETTING RED QUICKLY. I BROKE OFF BRANCHES WITH TOMATOES STILL ON. ROLLED A WINDOW DOWN SLIGHTLY, FOR MORE AIR. NEED TO LET OUT MOISTURE. SHAKE THE BRANCHES EVER SO SLIGHTLY EVERY DAY .THANKS AGAIN FOR THE TIP ABOUT GRAPE HARVESTING AT NIGHT

  5. Mmmmm! Fresh pressed grape juice sounds wonderful. It wouldn’t have lasted long around here, either!

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