Chronicles of the Long Shot Farm

Fun in the Pond

Watch out! The kids have squirt guns!

After a hot week picking blueberries and working in the vineyards we are all ready for a cool afternoon in the pond.  Rachel brought over 2 rafts and a handful of squirt guns.  The girls inevitably wind up together in one raft with Lars, Toben and Leif in the other.  Chaos ensues.  Anja documents a safe distance away with Torin.

Toben spends an impressive amount of time swimming next to the raft.  It was a great day to take a break with uncle Lars.

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Blueberry Time

The blueberry harvest is in full swing.  The blueberry patch features several varieties of plants and is just next to the barn.  From the Winery deck you can view the patch. We added shiny metallic tape as a bird deterrent this year and the harvest is significantly larger.  Fortunately Anja’s family is in town and Rachel’s children were game to make some headway on the patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strawberry Wine

 

We are excited to start a batch of strawberry wine! Fruit wines typically take less than a year to complete. We purchased locally enough strawberries to make a small batch of wine.  The wine will have a pleasant perfumey bouquet and the taste of strawberries will come out cleanly. Dry or sweet this wine will be something to look forward to.

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Wine and Chocolate Pairing: First Attempt

Let me start by saying that you should drink the wine you like with what you like to eat and therefore, should probably take someone’s wine pairing suggestion with a grain of salt[y chocolate].  I actually think that plain chocolate goes with most wine.  And by plain I just mean milk chocolate and the various degrees of dark chocolate.  I just really like chocolate and wine.

I recently visited the Lindt outlet in Carlisle and thought it would be fun to pair the Long Shot wines with the myriad of flavored truffles. Our naive expectations were that all the truffles would go more or less with every wine, and this would be a silly game, were we just make up what is “best” with what. And we were very wrong. Very, very wrong.

While we stand by the idea that most wine goes with most plain chocolate, flavored chocolate is a whole different beast. Example:  Chambourcin wine and orange chocolate do NOT go together.  Kinda like the pair of friends you have that you never invite to the same event. Chambourcin wine is best with just plain dark chocolate truffles.  We also thought that really sweet wine, like Concord, worked well with salty truffles.

But there were a few wines that were really enhanced when paired with flavored chocolate.  For instance, Vidal Blanc wine pairs well with citrus in general, so it was natural to try the Valley Blush wine, which is a blend with Vidal Blanc, with orange chocolate.  Wow.  We were all pretty shocked at the outcome.  Similarly, the Vidal Blanc wine and citrus truffle are absolutely splendid together.

Here is our list of recommendations
  • Concord and sea salt
  • Chambourcin and dark chocolate
  • Chardonel and almond
  • Vidal Blanc and citrus
  • Blackberry and extra dark or hazelnut
  • Fletched and coconut or strawberry
  • Chambourcin Rose and white chocolate (strawberries and cream anyone?)
  • Valley Blush and orange
  • Winter Blend and salted caramel

Nota bene: blueberry truffles hated all wine pairings. At least in our mouths.

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First Wine Descriptions

Duff and I have been tasked with writing descriptions for the first 10 wines that are available at the Winery.  It took us a few weeks as we wanted to savor each bottle as we wrote about it.  We first sampled the wine a few times and independently wrote down what flavors we tasted and smelled. We were careful not to say anything till we both had written something down. It was helpful for me at this point to just reference a huge list of flavors, good and bad (from strawberries to buttered popcorn), commonly (or sometimes uncommonly) found in wine. We also made use of a taster’s reference kit, which had purified samples of all sorts of awesome and awful smells. After we combined our tasting notes, we then enjoyed a fresh glass of wine while we came up with the wine descriptions below.

Fletched
Fletching refers collectively to the vanes attached to the end of an arrow. Traditionally, three such fin-shaped feathers made the arrow fly straight and true, if attached by a skilled fletcher.  This wine is crafted from a blend of three fruits. Like the fletching, Chambourcin, Blackberry, and Vidal come together to create a sweet wine with an accent of fresh cherries and black raspberry.

Bow and arrow
Chambourcin and Blackberry, which is the bow, which is the arrow? One builds the foundation with a dark dried cherry profile, the other enlivens the wine with a shot of summer jam. A dangerous combination.

Concord
A straight forward wine with that classic grape flavor. This is the grown-up’s grape juice, but now with a sophisticated fruity bouquet.

Chambourcin
Dried cherries, dark berries, need we say more? A deep ruby wine with a soft and supple mouth feel.

Chambourcin Rosé
We have removed the cherry to expose a floral bouquet and a strawberry palate. When chilled, enjoy the mineral overtones with a hint of sweet.

Vidal Blanc
With a clean crisp acidity, slightly chilled this wine puts forth a peachy semi-sweet palate, with hints of melon.

Chardonel
Like the debutant at her own ball exhibiting her virtue, this is a crisp off-dry wine, showcasing a pure white grape profile with a lemon finish.

Valley Blush
This blend of Chambourcin Rosé and Vidal acts as the cousin to the Rosé, the one you want to spend the reunion with. Drier, lively, a bit of a lemony acidic bite, but with the strawberry flavors still coming through.

Winter Blend
You spend all season out in the woods with your bow and arrow, have nothing to show for it, and coming in from the cold, something good needs to happen. Winter blend gives you a sweet ripe cherry and apples wine that when warmed, will not improve your shot, but may make you not worry about it anymore.

BlackBerry
Slightly sweet with notes of jam and balanced acidity. This is a summer fruit reduced to its essence, to be enjoyed all year round.

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