SEGMENT: WINE, REFLECTIONS, & FARM BUSINESS

Edward Russell>ISM Interviews M-Z>ISM Interviews M-Z, Segment 7

SEGMENT: WINE, REFLECTIONS, & FARM BUSINESS,

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WINE
The grapes are ready to be picked, all other factors are already taken care of. Separate grapes from stems, pump it into a press, or system of vinyl drums that de-juices the grapes. Dump it into a tank and start fermentation the next day. Thinks his wine is good because it doesn't take long to go from grape to juice, whereas with large-scale operations it can take up to three or four days. A woman came in and tasted one glass of wine and declared it the best wine she has ever tasted, and she had been to wineries all over the country. Random testing insures that the crop is ready for harvesting. Concords, seyvals, vignoles, and chambourcin all ripen at different times. The ideal grape would be small, full of flavors, nice sugar, low Ph, moderate acid. If sugar is too low, you have to adjust. If Ph is too high or too low, you have to adjust. Not likely that they will come in perfectly. 80% yield is good.
FARM BUSINESS
Set goals, write out a plan.
REFLECTIONS
You have to be interested in plants, wine making, meeting people, and networking. It's different all the time. If you are passionate about what you are doing, you don't have to worry about waking up in the morning. Gets up at 4