Time To Make Some Wine

The big day finally came. The sugar levels of our grapes were just right and after a couple of days of rain followed by a couple of mildly warm days, the threat of mold forming on the grapes was a definite concern.  It was a beautiful morning to be up in the vineyard. Members of both the Las Positas viticulture and enology classes were on hand to make short work of the harvest. We were originally going to make a blend of Grenache and Syrah, but thanks to the squirrels, we found ourselves short of fruit.  In order to remedy that situation, it was decided that we would add a third varietal, Graziano, to our blend.

Once our harvesting was finished, we brought the fruit in to be sorted, destemmed, and crushed.  Once all was said and done, each group wound up with about 5 gallons of fruit to work with.  With help from our instructor Chris Sorensen, my group, Dripline, figured out the quantities of yeast, sulfides, and nutrient to add to the fruit in our fermenting bins.  Once all of the ingredients were added to our potion, it was time to take it home and watch the magic happen.

The next step was to put our must into a controlled environment, punch the cap down, and let the fermentation roll.  Several days went by and I found the Brix had dropped into the negative numbers.  After talking to my team, the decision was made that it was time to press.  My teammate Rich graciously provided his wine press for both our grapes and the grapes for Carl’s group, The Planet of the Grapes.  The pressing of the grapes was successful and left us with 3 and a half gallons of wine for each team.

I tasted a little bit of our wine and I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor.  We have class coming up on Monday and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what direction we will be taking our wine from here.

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