Sunday, September 28, 2008

Starting the Inaugural Chez Ray Grape Wine Harvest: 2008 Chez Ray Riesling

After several years of planting and pruning, we'll be harvesting just enough grapes this year to start a bottle of CT-grown Chez Ray grape wine! In the past, I've been able to do Westport CT-native berry wines and CT blueberry wines (see here, here, here and here for examples), but never a Westport CT-native GRAPE wine. (I've made wines mostly from fresh and frozen CA grapes, including some excellent grapes from Napa, Sonoma and also WA state). But here we go with the first CT grape wine from Chez Ray!

My four-year-old riesling vine yielded a tiny bunch of grapes last year, but just enough for a snack. This year, the vine offered up a full dozen or so bunches, enough to start vinting! (The riesling is one of about four dozen vines planted along an east-facing slope in Westport, CT - an area not likely to become a major viticultural center, if only due to its absurdly hight property costs. Its climate is on a par with that of the north shore of Long Island, so there is some promise there. )

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