Prep for bottling

In anticipation of bottling Monday we have been racking wine from barrels into tanks, and then filtering from tank to tank.  Cleaning is the key, clean tanks, clean barrels, clean all of the equipment necessary to move the wine, and then reclean during and after filtering.  The smell of wine permeates the air as the residue from the bottom of the barrels drains away: Sangiovese, Barbera, and a barrel of Cab Sauv, delightful.  Enjoy your day, after class I will be bottling today. Cheers!

Thoroughly cleaned tanks on the crush pad, ready for wine.
Thoroughly cleaned tanks on the crush pad, ready for wine.
Started late, so night time draining of barrels.
Started late, so night time draining of barrels.
Having the right tools to help clean the barrels is nice, this sprays water throughout the inside of the barrel.
Having the right tools to help clean the barrels is nice, this sprays water throughout the inside of the barrel.
Wine coming into the filter.  By filtering we minimize anything that would detract from the experience of enjoying the wine.
Wine coming into the filter. By filtering we minimize anything that would detract from the experience of enjoying the wine.

 

10 thoughts on “Prep for bottling

  1. Thank you, that’s very sweet! It was just stuff inside our house that broke- a lot of furniture went over, broken glass, etc. (and the only alcohol we lost was a bottle of rum!- storing your wine in boxes is great in an earthquake) but we were among the fortunate few that had power and water from the start- we must be on a lucky power grid 🙂

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