Raising the Bar

It’s that time of year again and winemakers all over the valley are getting ramped up for winemaking mania. Harvest has begun!

wine grapes in the vineyard

Just look at these gorgeous grapes!

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Life in the (lovely, wine-drenched) Trenches

IN WINE WE LUST

New wines and IN WINE WE LUST merchandise available soon!

Dear Readers and devoted friends of Bacchus, please forgive my absence. My last entry recounted the bottling of my first wines and the thrill of my hard won accomplishment. The following months have been a whirlwind involving single-minded efforts to get my wine into stores, restaurants and ultimately into the wine glasses of wine lovers here, there and everywhere!

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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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Sleepless in Wine-landia

A good and wise friend of mine told me a few days ago that “being self employed means thinking while others sleep.” He couldn’t have put it better and I’ve lost a few nights sleep lately trying to wrap my head around the wine bottling conundrum.  Yes, it is that time. It’s wine-o’clock: Time to Bottle!

In the wine room with my newly purchased bottles and corks

In the wine room with my newly purchased bottles and corks

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