Yesterday, we finished the preliminary couple of jobs in the vineyard. The vines are now all pruned down to 2 buds on each branch, the branches have been pulled out of the wires and now the wires are all tightened.
Pulling the branches out is a job I don't particularly enjoy as one takes a real beating as some of them come out and act like switches, which if you are my age, you might recall were used by parents to administer a bit of corrective action. I have bruises on both legs as well as some places I can't mention.
The snow arrived last night to put a stop to outside work, so I can now get back to studying my enology course work on Quality Control and Analysis.
As is often the case, the barrels of various sizes which were promised a week and a half ago have not yet arrived. In the meantime, we have chosen corks, bottle sizes and shapes, capsules and are finalizing the labels.
Carnevale in our little town of Offida is coming up next week with festivities Thursday through Fat Tuesday and as I announced on fb, the B&B weekend offer is available for next weekend wherein our guests who pay for one night get one night free. I hope we will be full as this is a great time to visit and see the fun available in this part of the Marche.
Finally, a new world holiday is available to celebrate: the unification of Italy arriving this year and forever after? on March 17. I don't know how it will compete with St. Patrick but we will see. As a prelude, my friends Sigismundo, owner of Degusteria del Gigante and Raimondo, owner of La Bottegola, a fantastic gourmet shop in Castel di Lama put together a fantastic dinner with wines and cheeses from all over Italy. Here are some of the plates with the tricolors to celebrate unification.
pomodoro basilico e fior di latte