This weekend I decanted the walnut wine. It smelled absolutely divine. Kind of earthly and a bit citrusey, with a tiny hint of vanilla.
I collected bottles all year for this moment. I drank way more French soda this year than in my entire life. I mixed it sometimes with a little wine and ice. My own, impromptu wine cooler recipe. Very refreshing after a day's work. Especially when enjoyed on the porch with the birdies flying to and fro, sweet puppy by my side.
I obviously didn't get scientific or fanatical about the bottling process. The bottles have a great seal and I cleaned them with soap and hot water and rinsed them thoroughly. I'm sure the French country folk didn't get all fanatical about the bottling process, so I took their lead.
The process of getting the wine into the bottles was a little more complicated than I anticipated.
I originally thought I would siphon the wine through cheesecloth into the bottles. That process went south quickly. I filtered the entire pot through cheesecloth and then poured it into the bottles using a small pitcher. A little slow, but effective.
The very first bottle...
And a few more of it's sisters and brothers...
I doubled the recipe and got almost 12 bottles of wine. The last bottle was about 3/4 full. I am so eager to see how it will turn out. If successful, next year I might have to do two batches. I'm excited that some of the walnuts came from our very own trees.
And ta-da, Chateau RoseVin de Noix. I see a wine label design in my future!
One slight little miscalculation in the process. I purchased a narrow spout carboy. Getting the quartered walnuts into the carboy was not overly difficult. Getting them out will be another story. I can't imagine cleaning it will be easy either. Toss the carboy and plan better next year? Not sure that it will be worth the effort needed to rectify the situation.