College Cellars bottling day

This is Winter Quarter Finals week!  My seventeen credits felt much like the twenty-four from last winter, but it is so close to being wrapped up now.

We have had lovely spring weather for the last couple of weeks; not the morning when we were wrapping up our Enology Practicum by bottling of our white and Rose’ wines, it was chilly and wet.  The bottling truck was backed up on the crush pad and nearly set-up when we began gathering at 8:00 AM.  Nine wines to bottle, right around one thousand cases.  There were a few slow moments with my phone handy to take pictures.  Despite running out of glass and labels we kept things moving and had a great day.

Cheers!

Bottles and Stelvins (screwcaps) mean bottling day at College Cellars!
Bottles and Stelvins (screw caps) mean bottling day at College Cellars!

 

Nine different wines, lots of change-overs, for the day's run.
Nine different wines, lots of change-overs, for the day’s run.
Enter the bottles...
Enter the bottles…
The wine; filling the bottles.
The wine; filling the bottles.
A drop of nitrogen for an awesome way to keep oxygen out the bottle.
A drop of nitrogen for an awesome way to keep oxygen out the bottle.
Stelvin caps; much easier to put on than the foil caps on corks.
Stelvin caps; much easier to put on than the foil caps on corks.
The caps tightened to the glass with a nifty spinner apparatus.
The caps tightened to the glass with a nifty spinner apparatus.
Twirled through the labeler for both front and back dashing labels.
Twirled through the labeler for both front and back dashing labels.
Palleted cases of wine replace the empty glass of the morning.
Palleted cases of wine replace the empty glass of the morning.
Yummy BBQ & the fixings for lunch between runs.
Yummy BBQ & the fixings for lunch between runs.
The aftermath: a series of empty tanks and several yards of hose to clean up.
The aftermath: a series of empty tanks and several yards of hose to clean up.

 

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