I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, just haven't been blogging here at Spades and Spoons. I didn't make a conscious decision not to blog. I just didn't, then I got out of the habit, then before I knew it, it was nearly six months since I'd posted.
But I'm back. So let's get on with today's post.
Today was a bit of a red letter day for us. We have a small vineyard of about 100 shiraz and chambourcin grapevines, which we use to make wine. Well, that's the theory. The last time we managed to do this was 2009. In 2010, 2011, 2012 AND 2013, we lost the entire grape crop to excessive rain in the critical time before harvest. We were starting to think whether the whole vineyard thing was a bit of a folly.
But this year has been hot and dry (not as hot as places south and south east of here though) and the grapes have survived. It isn't a big crop, but the quality is definitely there.
The other notable fact is that this is the earliest we have picked the grapes by far. Normally we are looking at end February/beginning March. But the sugar level was perfect a month early. Once it hits the right levels, you just have to pick. You have no choice.
We had a few friends come over to help pick (not that it took too long), and then celebrated with lunch.
A good day was had by all.