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Travel Blogs from Blenheim
... like herding sheep. The hose has to be sprayed at the right angle to lure all the grapes into one pile.
- Cleaning tanks isn’t much fun, but singing or yelling into an empty clean tank is pretty swell. It has an enchanting echo, like nothing else!
So there it is, winemaking knowledge from me to you. Now that I’ve seen everything that goes into making a bottle of wine, I have a new kind of appreciation for this fine beverage and I love it ...
... tradition I wasn't so fond of - chucking lees (basically congealed grape skins) on people on their last day. Pretty gross and FREEZING cold!
Unfortunately I had to leave before 2014s wine was finished and bottled. After fermentation the wine will be racked again and then finished by adding a finishing agent which helps to clarify and stabilize the wine. Without this the wine wouldn't be totally clear which generally isn't appealing to consumers. Different ...
... hour before the end of the track, a girl caught up with me. She was doing the whole track running! She said she'd met up with Simon and Benny earlier and would return on the same ride. I was almost tempted to run along on my hiking boots and see how that'd work out. (I'm a runner back home and was confident about my ability to do the final stretch running, even with heavy boots and a pack). I decided against it and continued on my way. Next, I met up with a local, ...
... about 4.00pm. Then things reverted to what you might call an Irish summer day……
It rained! And to be truthful things have been more Irish summer than brilliant
NZ stuff since then. We get periods of lovely sunshine interspersed with cloud
and rain. However for us hardy Irish the temperatures are fine and we are in
summer clothes. The weather forecasting here is about as accurate as at home
due to the shape and location of the country. ...
... we got to The Store at Kekerengu and was freezing when we got out of the car in our shorts! We had been to the Store ten years ago and remembered it as a massive building in a great setting in the middle of nowhere on the coast, but with great muffins. It hasn't changed very much but I get the feeling it has traded on its reputation and other places have caught up, but still a great spot. We stopped at two seal places on the way into Kaikoura, one on the coast where seals loll ...
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