Friday, June 22, 2012

June meeting at Falderal Winery

Paul and Julia hosted the June meeting at their winery in Hendersonville

A new member, George Battagli (on the left) talks grapes with Eric

Chuck with a really fine glass of blackberry wine in hand,  explaining how good it is with the other.  Pete Flan and Tom Mencarelli stand by wishing they had some.

Jeannie and Judy wishing they had some blackberry wine too.  Or maybe they are enjoying some Falderal white wime.

 Marsha Cassadie and Pete's daughter Rosemary

Typical Club meeting activity.  CynthiaYancey sitting opposite Julia

This perforated salad bar container is a spotted wing drosophila (fruit fly) trap.  This fly is a new pest and this trap, with vinegar in the bottom, attracts and drowns the flies.  Since it drowns lots of insects, the carcases must be sorted out and examined for identification purposes

Alan directing the business meeting

Down below the festivities in Paul's basement, wine is being made.  These stainless steel tanks can be used for both primary and secondary fermentation.  They have a movable top with an air gasket that makes an airtight seal with the container.  The top can be positioned to allow for foaming during primary fermentation or dropped to prevent air space over the wine when fermentation calms.

This is what the air gasket looks like.  You can see the lid separate from the tank on the lower left

5 or 6 gallon carboys of wine aging in the cellar 

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