#76 Drink Wine I ‘Helped’ Make

On May 8, 2018 I tasted the 2017 vintage of Viognier wine from Catoctin Breeze Vineyards. This was one of 3 types of grapes I harvested in September 2017 (See #57 Harvest Grapes from Vineyard ). While I will claim to have helped make this wine, I will not be responsible for the taste. Honestly, I only cut the grape bunches and placed them in the buckets. From there, the wine maker and this team is responsible for the final product.

When I tasted the Viognier, I was slightly disappointed. Usually when I drink white wines, such as Viognier, I prefer the taste to be ‘dry’ (as opposed to ‘sweet’). While the wine was very flavorful, it tasted a bit too sweet for my liking.

An interesting wine note: I learned that white wines (Viognier and Chardonnay, for example) take less time from harvest to market than red wines. In this case, the whites will be ready to be served in less than 1 year. Red wines, however, take longer. I was told to not expect the ‘2017 Syrah’ until 2019.

I hope the Chardonnay and Syrah are good. If not, maybe they will fire me (from volunteering). Haha


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