Clearing the cellar, barrels to bed

College Cellars winery earlier this week.
College Cellars winery earlier this week.

It is odd to walk through the cellar now, it is generally devoid of activity.  The barrels of wine have been topped up and put up for the time being.

Warm storage for the wines we made this year.  They were topped off - January we will check and probably rack them next.
Warm storage for the wines we made this year. They were topped off – January we will check and probably rack them next.

We are in the classroom tasting various Washington AVA’s, especially those directly associated with Walla Walla wines.  Today we had Red Mountain wines, a couple were over ten years old, from vineyards such as Ciel du Cheval, Terra Blanca, Shaw, Hedges, and a few others.  I am more familiar with these vineyards than many of the others we have reviewed thus far, which is to say, we have noticed a penchant for these wines in our own wine tasting.  Although the Walla Walla AVA is right up there for our tastes as well.  Always an interesting experience!

Cassis Wine on the left, Strawberry wine on the right.
Cassis Wine on the left, Strawberry wine on the right.

Our fruit wines, the Strawberry and Currant (Cassis) wines, are bottled.  The Cassis is my favorite, I am very glad it is ready so we can bring it with us for Thanksgiving.  It will go very well with the holiday dinner and dessert!  Going to let the Strawberry wine rest in bottle for a little bit and try it again as it isn’t bad, but it is quite tart.  Maybe it will be good for New Years Eve or Valentine’s Day.

Looking through the yellow Ginkgo leaves at the azure blue sky yesterday morning.
Looking through the yellow Ginkgo leaves at the azure blue sky yesterday morning.

There are six days of class before we have a full week off for Thanksgiving.  Homework, a lab and a test between now and the end of next week.  Autumn is racing toward winter!  I am going to have to put my rain jacket back into the car so I have a hood when I walk between classes; there is rain in the forecast again.  Maybe there will be snow sometime soon too…

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