Two weeks have passed since we harvested Vinoland's Syrah, so today it was time to press off the grapes. Just one little problem though, we could not use our large hydraulic, stainless-steel basket press as it was feeling under the weather. With the hydraulic press out of commission, (incapacitated by a temperamental capacitor), Vinomaker and I had to resort to using an old basket press that he had purchased back when he started making wine in the late 90s. It took us forever. But, looking on the bright side, although the process was long it did give me plenty of time to reflect upon how much I love electricity.
Tomorrow, I must see if I can borrow the neighbour's horse, hook up a plough and get the vineyard whipped into shape for the winter. Just joking.