Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lots of Fun at Glacial Till Vineyard

Todays posting and tomorrows will still be about last weekend cause there was so much to do!  It did not hurt that it was a 3-day weekend.

I have to go back a bit.  The previous weekend when we checked out our first 2 wineries,  one of them was the tasting room for Glacial Till Winery in Ashland.  While we were there, we found out that one can actually go out to the vineyard to help with picking grapes.  We thought that would be a fun experience and put our name on their email list for the next notification.  We were hoping we would receive an email to do it while we were still here in Nebraska.....and we got an email!

So on Monday, Labor Day, we drove out to Glacial Till vineyard to labor......but it was definitely a labor of love.  The weather here has cooled off considerably and I did wonder for a moment if I weren't crazy going out into the country to pick grapes in the chilly, damp morning.  But we just had to do it for the experience if nothing else. By the time we arrived just before 8am though, the sun was already warming up the fields and it was glorious!

Needless to say we had a great time as you can see from the pictures.  Though we are mostly red wine fans, the grape we picked Monday was a white and, of course, I cannot remember the name, something like, S---Noir.  When you read this Lynn, please make a comment as to the type of grape.  Mike and I have decided we like a couple of the reds for sure because we tend towards dryer red wines.  Chamboursin and Frontenac are the names of the reds we like...... did you notice I remembered those names?:)  We had purchased a bottle of the Chamboursin the week before at the tasting room in Ashland and enjoyed it with a meal in Paradise.


In these pictures you may see Lynn and Mike and the "boys". One of the "boys" is John who is the vintner.  Mike, his dad, says John runs the operation but it is definitely a family thing.

We tasted the grape juice and it was yummy!

We were fed breakfast for our efforts, (which included sausage gravy and the sausage was made from wild boar!) and got to try all the available wines and were given a bottle to take back to Paradise.  Nice!

This next pic show Mike and I with a glass of Chamboursin standing in front of the Chamboursin grapes.....looks like they may be the next to be picked!

We had a great time.  Met some really nice people, got a little fresh air, had a little wine....yay!!!!

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