Monday, November 19, 2012

Backyard Grapevines + Homemade Wines

Monday, November 19, 2012
During a recent trip to my father's house, we took our glasses of wine and bottles of brews outside to check on the status of his grapevines
Growing up, my dad used to purchase red and green grapes by the crates to make wine in our basement. He always made red wine, sharing his secret that 8 out of 10 crates per barrel of wine were red grapes, the other 2 crates were green, otherwise the wine would come out as black as squid ink. Even as little kids, he would let us taste his creation, barreled in the basement below our beds. 
My dad made a trellis on the doorway for the grapevines to grow up and over, and they have. They are happy in the sun and are looking lively this time of the year. A few months ago there were miniature bundles of grapes on the vines, but they were only a part of this first year's harvest, too young to make anything from them. In the next few years, my dad has hopes to harvest the few varietals that he has: some native to Florida, some native to California, and some native to Sicily.
And remember how I mentioned on this blog post that France's harvest wine came out last week? Well I definitely stocked up on bottles for the season! Definitely needed for Thanksgiving dinner, as well as the upcoming dinner party that my co-worker/classmate/dear friend and I will be designing + cooking! I do have to say, the Beaujolais Nouveau by Georges Duboeuf this year is dry-er than previous years. It's perfect for me though, I adore dry wines. I always feel like there is such spirit in this wine, as if cinnamon and nutmeg plants were growing beside the grapevines.
I'll be doing Thanksgiving dinner with S's grandparents, and hope to catch my grandparents for coffee and dessert! I should really get offline right about now so that I can at least buy all the ingredients to make my classic biscotti. One of my first blog posts, while I was still figuring out this whole blogging thing, was about my love for biscotti. I have so many different recipes, I need to get on which one to make! I'm thinking vanilla bean biscotti dipped in melted dark chocolate and drizzled with melted white chocolate. What do you think?  And to all, enjoy your Thanksgivings! 
Salut, Yelle

17 comments :

  1. LOVE the trellis, it already looks awesome and will only get better and the vines mature.

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  2. How cool that your dad made wine in the basement! That's awesome :) That wine sounds like it's really good - cinnamon and nutmeg flavors? Yum!

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  3. How nice! My dad also used to make wine, except he made wine of all sorts of fruits - everything except grapes... :)

    xoxo, Femke

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  4. That biscotti sounds amazing, for the record. And so does your dad's moonshine-wine! Haha, I know it wasn't really moonshine, but I love the idea of him brewing it in the basement and letting you guys taste it. No wonder you have such an appreciation for wines now! J'ai besoin un bouteille de Beaujolais Nouveau vite.

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  5. It is amazing how your dad makes homemade wine. These would make awesome giveaways. =)

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  6. That's so cool that your dad makes his own wine. My dad has a grapevine, but he eats all the grapes off it, lol! So much for wine. :)

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  7. "I'm thinking vanilla bean biscotti dipped in melted dark chocolate and drizzled with melted white chocolate."

    Um, that sounds like heaven. Honestly, now I'm craving vanilla bean biscotti even though I've never had it before. Would you mind sharing your recipe? It is just the coolest that your dad makes homemade wine. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. I love that story and I think I got pretty lost in it because now I have an image of your dad in my head, you as a little girl, your basement, your bedroom, your backyard - For some reason it's all set in the 60's though : )

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  9. I'm with Megan- how cool about the wine (I wish my dad would take up that hobby). Oh and, chocolate on top of chocolate is always a good idea in my book.

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  10. Wow, so cool that your dad makes wine! I know a few people who brew their own beer, but nobody who does their own wine.

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  11. Wine and biscotti? This girl has taste! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

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  12. Those grape vines look lovely!! They are so pretty! That's really cool that your dad makes wine.

    -Sabrina
    thelittleowlshop.blogspot.com

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  15. How lucky are you! Free wine! That would be so amazing to have in my backyard,plus I really love Grapes too. Great post, & I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  16. We have talked about trying to start some grapes here for an arbor in the back yard. Someday I would love to have a small vineyard! Along with some sheep and chickens!

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  17. Gorgeous vineyard! I would love to see one someday!

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