An early October rain

Well, what happened to the 95+ degree weather of last week? It has vanished and in its place we have rain and cool weather.

On Saturday, the brix measured about 20 — so while the grapes have great color and flavor, the sugars are too low for us to harvest. Last year, we harvested on October 19, and we are still hoping we can do the same this year. But, we need several more days of 80+ degree weather to get our sugars up to where they need to be. Right now, forecasts are telling us to expect warmer weather starting this weekend. Needless to say, we have our fingers crossed.

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Recipe for Chocolate Red Wine Cake

That cake again…

Dear FB friends, sorry for the duplicate post, but I think we have now married the Trueheart Vineyard blog with the social media world and I hope this is the only blip you’ll notice.

Remember the red wine chocolate cake that I mentioned a few days ago?  Well, you’ll notice in the photo that I made one and it is partially eaten, and I’m busy pouring the batter into the pan for a second cake.  Why?  Well, we hosted a dinner party the other night and I wanted to be sure I had enough for our guests, and leftovers for us.  Yes, it is that good.

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Measuring the Brix

Every year, as harvest nears, we go out and take a sampling of grapes from throughout the vineyard and measure the “brix” – or the sugar content. To do so, we put them in a small plastic bag and squish them to bring out the juices. Then, we pour a bit of the juice into the “refractometer” and get a reading. Today, the brix measured 16.5.

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