Thursday, July 17, 2008


I was reluctant to enter this blog post until I was sure it was a done deal. Or at least was moving in the right direction. Especially considering the experience with last year's sparkling project. You may recall that last year there was problem with the compatibility of the bottle and the closure. It was not tight and the secondary fermentation was not contained leading to serious leakage as the youthful sparkler built up pressure in the bottles. Well this year after scouting out a bunch of suppliers and running some test bottle fermentations, I had a winner. A couple weeks ago Joan and I bottled the 2007 vintage sparkling Chardonnay and Nebbiolo Rose. I address some of the technical aspects of this winemaking adventure in the July Winemaker's notes for those of you who are interested. If all goes well and so far so good - namely no overwhelming smell of spilled fermenting wine in the winery, I will have a dozen or so cases of each available during the Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years holidays this year.

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