Thursday night, Josée and I had a wonderful evening with two of our good friends, Abs and Marcie. One of our favourite restaurants, Locals, was hosting a wine-pairing event, featuring wines from Wild Goose Winery located in Okanagan Falls. The menu was exceptional, full of delicious local foods. Chef Ronald mentioned that the Comox Valley’s nickname of the Provence of Canada was well deserved as there are over 100 local farms providing a multitude of products. We had a few nice visits with the vintner and learned about the family run winery. It was a really nice evening of food, wine and friendship!
One of my (many) winter plans is to get my little vineyard up and running. Shortly after moving into Knight Rd, we discovered a massive grape vine, straddling the fence with our neighbour and even crawling up at least four or five metres into an apple tree. Last fall, we harvested over 50 lbs of grapes from this vine which produced very nice fruit and lots of it despite the fact that it had not been pruned or maintained. So after looking at this vine, I’ve decided to create a little vineyard. I don’t know how much fruit it will produce or when and I’m not sure exactly what type of vines I will plant but we have the space and the sun is free!
The first batch of grapes harvested produced about 30 bottles of an extremely clear white wine. It needs a couple months to mature but even the ‘test’ bottle was nice; a smooth, somewhat viscous liquid, quite palatable indeed! It had a hint of marmalade on the back of my tongue, followed by the scent of cut grass and wood smoke. Well, not really but I just find it funny how some of those wine people describe a nice wine in such strange terms.
Anyway, if we get these vines pruned and ready to roll I anticipate we will triple our harvest next fall. Wine anyone?
Josée battles the vine!
On one side of our property, we have a massive grape vine. We haven’t yet got around to maintaining it but when we do I’m sure it will be a champion producer. Over the last couple days, we harvested what grapes were there. I don’t think they are Concord grapes as they aren’t blackish-blue but they are tasty. We’ve now got around 50 lbs of grapes some of which we’ve frozen to take in to be pressed for wine, some of which we’ll eat. We should get about 30 bottles of wine from around 35-40 lbs of grapes.
Over the winter, I plan to build a small ‘vineyard’ right where the vine is located now. Hopefully by training and maintaining it, the vine will up its production substantially. I might even move our Kiwis over to join the grapes so all our vines are in one section. I’m not sure if Kiwi transplanting is possible – one more task for my list.