Well it’s a good thing I pruned the fruit trees over the weekend, because now it’s suddenly bitterly cold! We are getting our first snow, starting yesterday and continuing into today, which is really a good thing. But the cold! Today’s projected high is 7, and when I left this morning, the news was saying the windchill was -17. The dogs won’t walk, just rush out back to do their business and then back in as quickly as they can.
But I did re-rack some wines this weekend. The Concord, dandelion, and crab apple should be ready for bottling soon. They’d each cast a little sediment last time, but really not much. I haven’t checked since the weekend, but I’m hoping they’re ready. Alas, I have failed to get more clear glass bottles, so I guess the lovely dandelion will just go in regular bottles. I might snag the few clear ones I have and use them, though I’m kind of resisting that. I like the idea of each kind being kind of identifiable: all the currant in clear glass, all the rhubarb in green with narrow shoulders, etc. I’ve already failed a little on that front, since the shoulders of the clear bottles are pretty varied, so maybe I’ll talk myself into a mixed batch for the dandelion.
I’m still finalizing the labels for the crab apple, too. I have plenty of very cute photos of the dogs, but I keep hoping one just feels perfect, and I haven’t found that one quite yet. When I do, make my choice, though, I’ll post all the labels I’ve made for this year’s wine. It’s quite satisfying, bottling and labeling after all the actual making of wine. Now I just have to sit back and let things age, and cross my fingers that some, at least, are good.