On Saturday, July 27th, we visited Bob & Jeanne Cottle's Pleasant Hill Winery in Brenham, Texas, to join in their annual "Crush for Fun" event. As the t-shirts say, "We picked, we stomped, we made some wine." Actually, they assured us that the foot-stomped grapes would never make it into a bottle of wine! We had a blast as you can see below....
|Aron prunes off some leaves so we can more-easily find the grapes.||Here's what we were after. And they tasted as good as they looked!||Erin's friend, Amanda, went with us and helped with the picking.||Amanda reaches for a cluster.|
|"They're so tiny"||"Mmm, they're good!"||"Can't get enough!"||Mom picks a handful|
|Dad ate about as many as he picked!||It took both girls to carry our pickin's.||The rosebush at the end of each row is planted to indicate problems. Roses react faster than the grapevines.||Carrying our haul back up the hill to the winery.|
|Amanda takes the first plunge!||Ever heard of grape twinkies?||A little stomp, a little squish...||"Don't you DARE splash me!"|
|Ahh, purple feet...my favorite color!||Jeanne Cottle, in her "Lucy" get-up, was our tour guide.||Bob Cottle, vintner, was busy with a delivery of grapes. Here he directs the flow of crushed grapes into the press.||This is the fresh-squeezed grape juice (delicious!), ready to be pumped into the casks for fermenting.|