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Pressing The Grapes 2006 Sunset Ridge Petite Sirah Coming Out Party
Good Morning Gentle Readers,
My friends at Sunset Ridge are past harvest and on to pressing the wine.
The wine is pressed with a Europress membrane that can press one to ten barrels at once. The press inflates a
balloon that presses the grapes (must) against a membrane where the wine/juice
drops into a press pan and then directly into a barrel for
When the press is first filled, the liquid that runs
off without having to be pressed is called free run. The liquid
that comes from the mechanical pressure applied to the must is called press
TWC once had a glass of ice cold, freshly pressed Petit Sirah grape juice, drawn off before the fermentation process began. It was served in a tractor-drawn wagon, jouncing through the vineyard where the grapes spent all summer with faces upturned to a bright afternoon sun. Truth be told, it was heaven's nectar in a glass.
Better yet, amongst acres of vines fading from green to Autumn's post-harvest rubies and yellows, stood gourmet chef's serving delightful hors d' oeuvres and stewards offering glasses filled with the wine that the grape juice was destined to one day become.
Come Friday, SRV officially releases the 2006 Petit Sirah. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by.
Sidebar: In case you weren't paying attention, December 5, 1933 is when Prohibition was repealed.
Actually, they've been fooling around with preliminary release get-togethers for a couple of weeks. Great stories, too. Cowboys buying cases. Darrel rescuing Elton's John's writing partner. Swear to God, cross my heart and hope to die. Wonder if Bernie bought a case.