Dad Bottles Wine at Cold Creek Winery

It’s always nice to document something a little out-of-the-ordinary.  Dad has been working with Dave at Cold Creek Winery at 21 Mill Street, Frankford ever since he bought and made up his own kits out on Glen Miller Road, out Frankford-way.

I wasn’t any help at all, but enjoyed the interactions and the chat while Dad, assisted by Dave, bottled up three boxes of vino together.  Dave isn’t a real ‘technology/social media’ dude, but he offers such personalized and friendly business that he’s as busy as he needs to be!  I enjoy that, he’s an art enthusiast and a bit of a historian as well, so the stories that he shares are always colourful and entertaining.  I’ve always left having learned things, from my visits at Cold Creek and that’s awesome!

The process involves washing and rinsing bottles, filling, corking and heat-wrapping the tops.  Fantastic…and likely only took thirty minutes in total, maybe 45 because I learned about Dave’s enthusiasm for the art of artist, R. G. (Gary) Miller.  When I got home, I looked up his history and the back-story on the Mush Hole work and was saddened and captivated, all at the same time.

The image of the wooden sculpture that I’m going to post, a heron in flight, is not a completed sculpture, but was carved by Dave’s father.  It is so beautiful.

Thank you, Dave and Dad, for such a great afternoon.

Wine, of every variety, in carboys…everywhere!

IMG_0355 IMG_0356 Washing and rinsing…IMG_0361 IMG_0362 IMG_0363This gizmo vacuums the completed recipe into the bottles. IMG_0364 IMG_0366 Corker…my Dad’s a tough guy still!  Did the whole job!IMG_0367Yes!  That’s right!  A Calgary Flames jersey hanging out here in Ontario! IMG_0368 Stories abound, at this point.IMG_0371 IMG_0372 IMG_0375 IMG_0377Yup!  That would be 21 Mill Street…back in the day. IMG_0379 IMG_0380Front of the store. IMG_0382Beauty. IMG_0383Grateful…now, for a glass!

The Pleasures of Beautiful Food: Cold Creek Winery in Frankford

P1120343Along with the tomatoes I have been harvesting off of my back yard plants…some cheese…crackers and crunchy pickles, I enjoyed my last bottle of Dad’s ‘red’ just recently.  Mid-June, Dad and I drove to Frankford where he’s been making his wine for several years and got a batch started.  Along my drive home on the Trans Canada, I had a glass of red each evening after coming off the highway.  The five bottles packaged up in the back of the van have drummed up a lot of beautiful shared memories since I’ve been home, so I wanted to write a post about the process and person behind Dad’s ‘home made’.

We drove to Frankford, Ontario to Dave’s spot, Cold Creek Winery on Mill Street.

Cold Creek Winery, Frankford

Cold Creek Winery, Frankford

Dave has been friends with Mom and Dad for many years and Dad has been purchasing wine kits from Dave for just as long.  Dave is warm and friendly with everyone who enters his little shop.  He offers so much more than a service and generates friendships that last for years. I don’t think we have anything like this establishment here in Alberta, so I was amused by every aspect of the process.  I was even surprised that, displayed in the front of the store, there were consigned antiques, china and crystal that were being sold.

The process of making wine, without fruit, begins with the purchase of a wine kit…something that DOES happen in Alberta, but from that point here at home, the consumer is on his/her own.  In that approach, much is required in terms of equipment, time and storage.  So, wine makers have some options.

Front Store Window

Front Store Window

Retail space where the community members stop in for visiting and shared laughs.

Retail space where the community members stop in for visiting and shared laughs.

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Heh!  Look what was hanging out in the back room!  Whoot!

Heh! Look what was hanging out in the back room! Whoot!

Corker

Corker

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