2015 has been a good year for berries. I've made 5 gallons of wine berry wine and 6 gallons of blackberry wine so far. I've also made 3 gallons of pear/apple wine from fruit we had in the freezer from previous years. I don't have high hopes for the pear/apple wine. Unlike my desire to make a better cheese, I don't give much thought to my wine making. I follow recipes to a point and then kind of wing it. I don't share my homemade wine often because it can't be compared to what most people are used to. I still hope to make some beet wine and sweet potato wine this year and who else but me and a few other friends with bad taste (sorry friends, you know who you are) would want to drink that? James has also canned 5 gallons of wineberry juice and we've frozen some blackberry juice with more yet to come.
About the adventure. James and I are planning a month long trip in January 2016. Adam and Melissa said they'd farm sit so the planning has begun. I figure if I blog about it we have to do it. Now we have to choose a destination. So far our choices are Portugal, Spain (possibly Barcelona) and France. The reason I've considered France is because I've come across some cheese making classes I could take there, though I need to do some more research. I'd love to visit some cheese caves and learn more about aging cheeses. Perhaps on a visit to a market I'll befriend an artisanal cheese maker, they'll invite me back to their farm, we'll become great friends and they'll want to teach me everything they know while we drink really good wine. It could happen, right?
Maybe 6 years from now someone will want to visit our farm and ask me to teach them to make a very fine cheese.