Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wine Season | Barreling

Barreling weekend has come and gone. Saturday AM Scott and I went with Stephen to pick up the juice for the wine. We do one barrel full of juice from the crushed grapes, and did two full juice barrels and add yeast. 

Pick up was at M&M Wine Grape Co. Their grape inventory was huge! 

First, setting up. We had to level the barrels and get the basement ready for the day. 

Next, start siphoning the juice out of the barrels. We put it in buckets, carry them to the basement and strain the juice to keep out the grapes, seeds and stems. Lou had some little helpers! 

Scott and Stephen took round one of pouring and straining. We all switched off, since you get pretty tired doing one task all day! Their arms needed a rest from lifting the buckets, and it's only fair for us all to do our share of lugging the buckets in. Note to selves: get another strainer! The strainers we have are fine mesh which is great, but we could have benefited from another one. 

Clearly, this went on for a while. 

Next: Pulling the grapes out of the barrels and putting them in the the press. You can get a nice buzz from the fumes in those buckets! Makes a not so glamorous job a bit better! 

This is the messiest and longest part of the process. You can only fit so many grapes in the press, so its time consuming. Also, you don't want to lose a drop of wine - so you have to wait around for the final drops to be done before the day is over! 


 Now, we wait! The wine will sit in the barrel until March when we decant the barrels! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fall Concerts | Bob Mould

One of Scott's favorite musicians is Bob Mould. He was in town last year, but the concert unfortunately fell the night before the half marathon and we were not able to attend. This year, it was a mid week show, and we were excited to go! Scott got the tickets for his birthday and was counting down til September. 

The venue was the Sinclair in Harvard Square which is a fabulous restaurant and concert venue we didn't even know existed! We had dinner and ran into some work friends of mine who we got to hang out with for a bit during dinner and the show. Scott had an awesome time! Happy Birthday!! x

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wine Season | Grape Crushing

Sunday marked the start of wine making season! Big Steve, Stephen and the kiddos picked up the grapes on Saturday, and crushing started Sunday AM. 


So many to crush! 

Lou made this crusher himself! 
It's pretty awesome, but maybe needs a new belt before next year. 

I kept these clowns entertained - we played in the sandbox, played hide and seek, and "spy" to pass the time until the grapes were crushed! 

Next week: barreling! 

Friday, September 18, 2015


It's almost here! Tomorrow Scott and I run the Gulf Beach Half Marathon. I feel like this weekend always sneaks up on us! We have had some good and not so good long runs this summer. The hot weather didn't help us out there, but we still got the mileage in. Per usual, I'm not in it for speed but enjoy the event. Plus, the beer that afternoon tastes so good! Wish us luck! 

Update: We survived! It got so hot by 9:30/10a, which was horrible, but we finished. I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. I think it's time to figure out if I really like this distance or need to move on to smaller races! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This week's adventures:

Last weekend, we were in CT and were able to see Scott's sister in law, Amy finish her 25 mile Closer to free fundraiser bike ride. She didn't expect the kids at the finish and was so excited to see them! 

Yale Hospital bike team

That afternoon, we hung out at the Vollonos where Scott got to show off his quadcopter. Eric loved it! 

Later, we relaxed at his parents with Rudy stopping by to give us some love. 

The weekend ended with Scott en route to NY for training for the week, and me back to Boston. Tuesday night, the Black Mass premiere in Boston was held in Brookline - at the Coolidge Corner theater. It's about a mile from our apt so I went for a run past it. The block was insane! People everywhere. You could barely walk down the street. I grabbed this pic, ran around the block and got the other. Johnny Depp walked the red carpet when I was there, and you could hear people screaming for him. Nuts.