Ripeness is all

September 21, 2008

Well, it must be over 100 days since the diminutive young vine flowered.  A couple of small bunches have mysteriously disappeared inside my guilty-looking Labrador but half-a-dozen remain and have turned black in this pleasant early autumn sunshine.  Unsure as to what to do with the fruit which has small, tannic thick-skinned grapes, I think I’ll preserve a couple of bunches and leaves in alcohol and let the dog have the rest!  I’m off to the Languedoc at the end of this month to carry on discovering interesting wineries to stay at and look forward to the warmth of the South and the wine-dark Mediterranean sea.

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Chinon – 13th September

September 19, 2008

The sun is shining on the river Loire; the Cabernet Franc and Chenin grapes are ripening during what looks like being a good couple of weeks of Indian summer.


Veraison

September 3, 2008

Anthocyanins produced in the skin are turning the grapes purple-black.  August has been a damp, dull month but the little vine is doing its best.  Picture taken August 23rd.