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Old 09-17-2012, 07:17 AM   #11
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I'm in Sonoma County in Calif. It's all wine country now.. but years ago it was hops, prunes and pears. In fact, there are still a couple of hop kilns turned wineries in the area... and a town just north of us called Hopland. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of months.. I'll see him soon. In reality, I'm more interested in grape harvest coming on strong here over the next month plus.. Have a friend who will have excess chardonnay and zinfandel grapes.. so, getting ready to put the bear aside and "brew" some vino.
Nice, scored some green apples and a few pounds of peaches from friends this year. I was surprised that people frequently don't do anything with the fruit trees in there yards.

Have you decided what style you want to make with the grapes?
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:01 PM   #12
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Actually, the grapes are coming from some commercial wineries. The owners are friends. I was going to do a Pinot.. but, they suggested waiting until I gained some experience in making wine as Pinot is a bit more involved. So, when the harvest for the Chardonnay begins, I'll get about 100 pounds.. then, later when the Zinfandel begins.. probably another 100 pounds.. Plenty of people to help me, if they aren't too busy with their own work. Just like anything else.. walking on eggshells until I get some experience.

Same thing with unknown hops.. need to do a couple of small batches

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