Sunday, September 04, 2016


Today was a bottling day in Vinoland.  In an effort to tie up some odds and ends before our harvest begins, Vinomaker and I bottled a barrel (24 cases) of Syrah by ourselves.  The 2014 Syrah, from a small vineyard on Vichy Avenue (hence the title of this post, titter, titter), was all spicy-dark-berry-plum on the palate, and displayed a softer tannic profile than is usual for this varietal.  I think the Vichyites will enjoy it.
With loud music for motivation, the bottling event went rather speedily. Vinomaker had done a lot of prep work yesterday, so things moved along at a brisk pace.  I think I may have worked even quicker if I had had the musical accompaniment of The Ramones.  But, instead, I acquiesced to Vinomaker's choice of music, Lynyrd Skynyrd, as he is the winemaker after all; I am just chief cook and (almost literally) bottle-washer.


Thomas said...

How do you fill the bottles?

I mean, do you use a small bottle filler or do you do it the hard way?

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: We have a six bottle filler which is fantastic, so fast and efficient - the first bottle is full almost as the sixth bottle begins to fill. It's great, but needs two corkers to keep up. Love it.

Thomas said...


Is it one of those steel fillers with spouts (like a milking tube) that fit into a bottleneck and a plunger-like shut off as wine comes in from the tank? I used one like that--a four-bottle filler. I used to shoot CO2 into it, close the cover, let the CO2 blanket the fill, then go to work.

Vinogirl said...

Tomasso: Yes, auto shut off with fill. We gas individual bottles with argon before filling. With white wine we also gas the reservoir.