Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010. Breakfast at Claudia's YUMMY.............What a feast, she made biscuits and gravy, a frittata with spinach, goat cheese and a brown rice crust, roasted potatoes. cantaloupe with figs, scones, lattes, coffee and home made grape juice.

Even with the rain today her yard is a delight to the eye.

Twice every day, morning and evening the totes full of grapes and juice are punched down. This is done by hand with large plungers, it is necessary to keep everything mixed up. After punch down, we take the temperature and measure the sugar content of each tote to keep track of how the fruit is moving. The totes have now been inoculated with a combination of go-ferm and yeast. The combination needs to be mixed at specific temperatures and then when activated it is introduced into a corner of the tote and left to do its work.

Today the juice from the bottom of the silver milk tanks storing the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was processed through the Lees filter. This process removes all the sediment from the juice. It is then pumped back into it's tank for fermentation.

Liz is cleaning out the sediment from the bottom of the tank that was sent thru the Lees filter.

Tom is cleaning the Lees filter.

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