The end result: a red wine called Vieux Chateau du Roi.
While visiting my parents this May, I spent a day with my father making wine. To say that I helped would be a gross exaggeration, as Dad is an old hand at this. I mostly got in his way taking photos! The grape juice comes in a large (heavy!) box, along with a few other things. One distributor describes this red wine thus: “This popular French red wine is full-bodied yet surprisingly soft and quick to mature. Deep red and aggressive with complex flavours resulting from a blend of grape varieties which layer flavours and aromas of ripe fruit, berries, plum, spice oak.”
In the afternoon, we also made a batch of white wine. In the early evening, my parents and I moved onto the patio to enjoy cheese, fruit and a bottle of last year’s Vieux Chateau du Roi (the photo above). It was a good day. (WPC is looking for Mesh galleries, but I don’t have the Mesh app, nor indeed a smartphone, so I will approximate that gallery style with a slideshow. There are 11 photos and I suggest starting with 1, as the photos tell a story.)
Here are a few other photos of Dad’s Wines:
Amarone is another red from the same supplier. It’s a soft, very drinkable Italian.
Did I mention that Dad makes his own sparkling wine?
Bubbly resting in the cellar.
The cellar. The large glass containers are called “carboys”.
Look how clear this wine is!
Here’s the secret to clear wine: this filter forces the wine under pressure through a series of pads.
A bag of corks.
Four boxes of grape juice, waiting to turn into wine.