Monthly Archive for September, 2014

Lafond Winery SRH Wines

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Our 3 SRH wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah have each won Gold Medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, held in Texas, which brings to a total of 12 for these three wines.

We congratulate Winemaker Bruce McGuire and his talented crew for producing such exceptional wines. These are all wines from grapes grown in the Santa Rita Hills Appelation mostly from our vineyards but also from our neighbors.

Harvest 2014

9.26.14-harvestAll these picking boxes, picked during the night, have to be processed.

9.26.14-harvest-2Winemaker Bruc McGuire drawing off some fermenting Pinot Noir to check the sugar.
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Santa Barbara Wine Club Wine Pick-up Party Saturday, September 20

Despite all the harvest activity Suzanne found room for over 200 people. It was a great event with all that wine bubbling away fermenting in the background9.21.14-wine-club-1

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Open House at Lafond Winery City Tasting Room for Artist Michael Adams

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The art of Stemming

9.11.14-2This is our Pollenc stemmer from France. There are very few in the valley.

The grapes are gently seperated from their stems and as they pass over the rollers fall through the spaces between to a moving conveyor belt while the stems ride above to a tray at the end where an augur pushes them into a picking box.

It is important not to damage the skins – they give color, tannin and more to the wine but it is equally important not to damage the stems as the flavors that might be extracted are not good – on the green side. Bite into one and you can imagine.

Circulating the Wine

9.11.14-3In order not to damage the grapes by pumping we circulate the wine by draining into a picking box and then lifting it into the tank. The wine is not yet fully fermenting, in fact it is mostly juice, and has not developed a cap which can be punched down to give the juice contact with the skins.

Winemaking is not all Art – Bruce looking at his Spreadsheets

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A Dinner with Friends at the Lafond Winery Patio

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