The Fruits of My Labor

“Wine is a union between man and nature, of man within nature.” José Luís Durand

Bottling day was upon me. I’d made my final blends a few weeks earlier and the wine tasted great. I was ecstatic. I sent samples to the lab and the results indicated all were within perfect, healthy ranges. A week later I clarified the three barrels of blended wine with egg white. Two days before bottling I added sulfites according to a formula that is determined by the pH of the finished wine. I borrowed two siphons and a corker, set up a barrel washing area out back and lined up my Dream Team.

my bottling day buddies

Yup, you guessed it, my Dream Team first arrivals

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