Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The sanctified Schnapps ...

Bob has cracked the rarefied Nod !

The phone rang yesterday early morning and it was for Bob. Nosy and interested I asked what it was about.
" I have been invited to watch Bocci do the first stages of the Schnapps process. YoHooo !!!" As you can gather Bob was ecstatic. In our area a lot of Schnapps's are made, mainly Tresta ( local version of a Grappa ) because of the grapes, but also others such as apple, pear, peach or plumb Schnapps.

The Zoll ( Customs ) are very strict on who can make it. One of the criteria is to have an orchard. Luckily our back garden boasts at least 15 trees. All Bob needs is a licence and of course the Knowledge....! We have been so busy with the house and just adjusting, that we never considered it too seriously, but I know that Bob is so keen. Just the thought of offering his friends Schnapps with his name on the label, would be his ultimate fantasy ( well, maybe not ultimate !!! ).

Bocci is the " Grandmaster " of the Schnapps process and it is actually quite an honour that
" Newbee " Bob has been asked to watch. Possibly he will be sworn to secrecy !
From what I have seen, all the versions of the Schnapps' are in high demand. After a heavy meal the bottles are quickly whipped out and the little tot glasses filled. They are usually at least 42 % alcohol. I think with such potent stuff, eating lots of the local cuisine is necessary because without food it might be a tad too strong...

As I wanted to make a lot of Jams and Preserves this summer, there might be a slight domestic spat over who gets to use the fruit....

Biggi

Work Galore....

Is this ready yet ?