This is a new, improved version of our old stemmer. Along with removing the stems it is very good at removing those pesky little jacks that hold the grape to the stem. It also allows us to process the grapes much faster so we can do those other things like press, barrel and punch down.
The grapes are picked at night when it is cool and are brought to the winery early in the morning. Grapes are conveyed, stems and all, into the press. The pressing is done by a gentle large bladder which as it fills with air squeezes the grapes against a screen allowing the juice to fall to a pan below. The stems provide channels for the juice to escape otherwise the press would quickly plug up.
Delicious Mexican BBQ food prepared by Mirella and extended family. A very windy day which kept things cool but often sent plates flying.
Bruce showed some of his ‘still in barrel wines’ explaining how they reached this point. It really was a splendid day!
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We do not ship during July and August because of the heat. This was our first Artist and Wine Pickup Event. The artist, Niki Lunn, devised a great way to hang her paintings from the barrels. These images were taken just as the event was getting started.
Los Olivos Tasting of Lafond Wines at the Wendy Foster Los Olivos Dress Shop on Saturday February 28th.
Winemakers comments:Thompson Vineyards is located 20 miles from the ocean. This wind protected site produces excellent fruit. A late harvest with long maturatuon on the vine gives us an intense, arch, broodingly dark tannic example of Petite Sirah.
Suggested retail: 28.00/750ml
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