Sunday, January 2, 2011

Maintenance in the Winery

It has been a long time since I was down in the winery to do any wine-related work. I’ve been busy with the holidays, keeping the house clean while Kelly is going through chemo, and other house-related projects. Today Kelly practically ordered me to spend some time down the in our home winery, so I did.

I topped off the barrel containing the 2010 NC Syrah with some bottles of 2008 NC Syrah. This works out great as the 2010 needed more acidity and the 2008 had too much. It required three bottles of the 2008 to top off the 30-gallon barrel. I shouldn’t have let it go for so long. I need to do a better job staying on top of these things.

The 2009 Zinfandel in the 8-gallon barrel also required topping off. For that one I used a half of a gallon jug of a 50/50 blend of the 2009 Zinfandel and 2008 Syrah. The other half gallon I put into two wine bottles and corked them.

Another project I finally finished was the bottling the Howling Good Red we blending a while back. It is so much easier to bottle things with the Enolmatic we purchased last fall. The batch yielded about 25 bottles. I still need to label them.

Finally, I spent time organizing things and labeling carboys that I hadn’t labeled yet.

I will probably bottle the Traminette wine next, maybe sometime mid-to-late January. After that I’ll probably be bottling the 2010 California Viognier. After all, I have to get the whites bottled in time for spring!