Yesterday I sampled all six carboys to see how the wines are progressing. I think we are ready to bottle the two white wines. Due to the cold and rainy summer last year, we had a very poor harvest of grapes. This year's wines except one, are all a combination of grapes and other fruit juices.
Samples from the six carboys. From the left: Concord Grape Wine; Concord Grape, Blackberry and Cherry Wine; Concord Grape and Cherry Wine; Concord Grape, Blackberry and Cherry; White Grape Orchard Wine; and White Grape and Pear Wine. All sample are quite clear and have a nice color.
The White Grape Orchard Wine has a beautiful golden pink color. It definitely has apple and citrus flavors. The White Grape and Pear Wine has a fruit flavor but less citrus.
The Concord Grape and the Concord and Berry Blend still taste a little acidic and need more time in the carboys to mellow out. All of the wines are dry and the fruit blends are a nice taste of berries added to the grapes. This year's wine will be a nice variation to add to Cougar Creek Cellars.
Ah, spring. We just can't get enough of that warm sunshine and fresh air. This is a photo I took this morning.
This kind of weather leaves me nothing to do but start more plants. I have started both white and lavender Alyssum, a purple Lobelia, a few basil plants, a packet of delphinium seeds and the next round of Red Robin tomatoes. It won't be long before I need to start some of the peppers and tomatoes for the garden.
What the heck have I been doing? Since the big Mardi Gras event is over I have been working on my seedlings for this summer's gardens. Today I transplanted 165 pansies. I think I'm going to have enough. The snow is melting rapidly now and Jon and I have started going for walks. I think I will try the walk to John and Gail's tomorrow. It's such a nice hike going over the creeks and then getting high enough elevation to see the lake. Of course I am watching basketball and right now I am cheering for our team, Gonzaga!
I decided to let this petunia grow in my lettuce patch. It's so cheery to see the blossoms every day.
The weekend was filled with sunshine in Hope. The temperature reached 50 degrees for the first time since last fall. It didn't make watching the news of Japan any better though. There is so much devastation and so many people who couldn't make it to higher ground. Mother Nature can be very scary.
Once again, Neil and Ann host an awesome party! Great food! Jambalaya, Crawfish Etoufee, Chicken Gumbo, Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice and King Cakes! King Travis read the proclamation and then it was "let the good times roll". The Cougar Creek Band played some tunes, we ate all the yummy food and then everyone walked over to our driveway for the parade. More music, lots of moon pies, beads and other trinkets for the kids.
The float is ready.
King Travis reads the proclamation while an admiring pirate/subject looks on.
Cougar Creek Band getting ready to play some Mardi Gras sounds.
Preparing the Shrimp Remoulade
2011 Royalty, Travis and Cindy
The parade begins! The driveway was a little icy and there were a few bumps in the road, but that's what makes our Mardi Gras better and more interesting than New Orleans' or Mobile's.
The Second Line gets smoked out by the flambeaus!
The brass guys!
Everyone gets some loot!
The end of the line. Until next year......
After this celebration Spring can't be too far away!