Bottling line

Getting into the swing of punch downs and classes, added painting of a couple large barrels this morning since there are some more new ones that need it.  Our Syrah ended up out on the crush pad by mid-morning since a temporary bottling line had to be built for the Muscat.  It was just bottling as the labels hadn’t arrived yet.  It was a new experience for me; lots of people, so small jobs for each of us.  When I wasn’t squeezing in to take pictures, I was gassing the bottles before they were filled with wine & capped.

Syrah bin, protected by folding tables, relegated to the outside.
Syrah bin, protected by folding tables, relegated to the outside.
Bottles arrived yesterday!
Bottles arrived yesterday!
On your mark...
On your mark…
Get set...
Get set…

 

 

 

 

 

Push the oxygen out of the bottles.
Push the oxygen out of the bottles.

 

 

They fill at different rates with an automatic stopping point.
They fill at different rates with an automatic stopping point.
The capping side of the line was pretty full, so took a long shot from the catwalk.
The capping side of the line was pretty full, so took a long shot from the catwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

It is a sparkling wine, so we cap it just like a beer bottle. Now we wait for the labels.
It is a sparkling wine, so we cap it just like a beer bottle. Now we wait for the labels.

Tear down of the bottling line, with most of the clean-up was just over an hour.  The Syrah is back inside to warm up again.

We unclipped the bird netting on the Carmenere grapes in the Stan Clarke Vineyard in anticipation of picking Friday morning.

On my way home I had to stop at Klickers, a small produce and antique stand famous for its strawberries.  We were out of honey (I enjoy having the local honey) and I wanted pie pumpkins to cook.  Happy Autumn!

Local honey, pie pumpkins, fresh pick honeycrisp apples. garlic and Carmenere grapes from the vineyard.  All yummy!
Local honey, pie pumpkins, fresh pick honeycrisp apples. garlic and Carmenere grapes from the vineyard. All yummy!

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