Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Date night

N and I have been trying to get back into the practice of dating.  Yes, after almost ten years together, it seems that we have forgotten how to enjoy an evening out as a couple.  Thanks to Mimi and Aunt Nancy, we are able to do this more often.
Friday we stepped out a dreary rainy evening and hit Sunset Hill Vineyard.  We learned more about wine making thanks to our taster, Ben.  He shared everything from grapes to stink bug issues to a private tour of the wine cellar below this amazing renovated barn (refinished by the Amish).  Did you know?...
American oak is different than French oak.
Viognier is THE Virginia grape
White wines can be processed without destemming or crushing.
But Red wines derive their color from the skin and must have direct contact with the skin while fermenting.

A few pics

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