It’s September and once again I’m calling on nature because the wine grapes have been picked and shipped across country and are ready for me to start crushing them into a purple concoction of bliss.
Making wine is spiritual. You have to believe in a higher power and once you make wine, you will.
I started making wine about 13 years ago following the rules of nature as taught by my father who learned them from his father. Following these rules, I have made batches of wine that have been enjoyed by family and friends, some of whom have been kind enough to sing its high praises:
- Let the grapes sit overnight before you crush them.
- Bless the barrels in your own way. I have crosses made out of the wood from the wine crates attached to them.
- Let the wine sit in the carboys until St. Martin’s Day, Nov. 11. Then change them from one carboy to the next to get the wine off the lees.
- Bottle the wine during a waning moon (never during a waxing moon).
- Forget the sulfates and other preservatives and let nature do its work.
I started the wine-making process today by making preparations. I plan to crush the grapes on Saturday and will document my progress here over the next few months.