Category Archives: Artisan Lifestyle

DIY Wine Press

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In my last post I talked about sourcing local grapes for making wine at home in the Adirondacks. After crushing and fermenting, it was time to press. So this week I wanted to show you how I pressed the grapes using a home-made wine press.   Pressed for Time? Pressing the grapes, which separates the juice […]

Local Grapes, Local Wine

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We’ve made some excellent wines with family in New Jersey at La Cantina Bongiovanni and we’re now going into our third year. We’ve made Sangiovese and Montepluciano blends that have amazed our friends and family. But all of the red wine grapes we’ve used so far have come from California. One question kept popping up: what […]

The Glamping Garage

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Glamping (or glamour camping) I’ve heard is quite a big trend in luxury accommodations. While our glamping garage is not luxurious, we like to joke that it is! At this point in the journey we’re thankful just to be able to camp indoors. Any time that can be spent at the farm working in the […]

New Projects on the Farm

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Hey folks! First off, I was amazed and astounded by the feedback I received on my last post, Our Future Farm. Thank you so much. It means a lot to have so many friends & family that are so supportive of this journey. I love this old photo above of my niece Samantha. I love […]

Year Of The Horse. Are You Ready To Ride?

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So as the Chinese New Year approaches on January 31st, I am intrigued to find out what the Year of the Horse holds in store for me and the journey. The Year of the Green Wooden Horse (adding the elements in as well) symbolizes movement, progress, greenery and nature. I’m already looking forward to this year […]

Making Homemade Wine

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I’ve been dying for some time to try making homemade wine. For the past four years, my cousins in New Jersey have been making some wonderful, earthy and natural, no-sulfites-added red wines.This past weekend we finally got the chance to join them in the wine-making process. Sangiovese Wine This was to be their biggest batch […]