Grapes coming in!

<p>You can’t believe the weather here. Absolutely stunning. Warm, sunny days and cool evenings. Harvest 2009 is shaping up to be a beauty.</p><p>SO.. Here’s a look at the work involved in receiving grapes.</p><p>Step 1: You get a trailerload of beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, freshly picked…</p><p><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401a36970b.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No1″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401a36970b image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401a36970b.jpg?w=300&#8243; title=”No1″ /></a> </p><p>You <em>could

Welcome to the first grapes of 2009…

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This is some lovely Sauvignon Blanc, freshly picked at about 8:15am Manzano-time. These are grapes from the famous “Petr” rental property we have. If you think this looks good, wait ’til we go and get his Friulano…

The vineyards were sun-drenched and cool, with a hint of a breeze. Very nice picking conditions…

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The fruit is really healthy and ripe, with nice acidity. I don’t have any numbers yet for the geeks, but I’ll post them when I get them.

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The picking team this year is a nice mix of folks from last year and some new, young faces…

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I said this last year (and it’s worth repeating) that picking isn’t just picking… Pickers need to know how to look at a bunch and get rid of anything that isn’t close to perfect. Here’s Greta picking…

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…And here’s Greta cleaning off the imperfect grapes…

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That’s the kind of vendemmiatricce you want. Someone who cares enough to do the job right.

The vendemmia has begun!

</em> send these grapes through a crusher/destemmer (More on that later…) or you can toss them in the press in<em> whole bunches</em>, which is a nice way of really getting to the pure flavor of the grapes. This is best used only on perfect fruit. Since these grapes will probably go into <em>Vespa Bianco</em>, we’ll press them whole. (Stems also act as a sort of &quot;drainage mesh&quot; allowing juice to drain more easily.)</p><p>Step 2: Into the press!</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a597073e970c.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No2″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a597073e970c image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a597073e970c.jpg?w=200&#8243; title=”No2″ /></a> </span> Andrea is up on the trailer putting the grapes into the press. On the ground you have Ettore and Cristian waiting to rinse the grape cassettes with our home-made, hi-tech, semi-automatic hi-pressure cassette washer (TM).</p><p>Step 3: Toss the empty cassette to Ettore…</p><p><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401e96970b.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No3″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401e96970b image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401e96970b.jpg?w=200&#8243; title=”No3″ /></a> </p><p>… And Ettore runs it through the washer…</p><p><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401f50970b.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No4″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401f50970b image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5401f50970b.jpg?w=300&#8243; title=”No4″ /></a> </p><p>and the rinsed cassettes are stacked into 3-packs…</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5970e16970c.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No5″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5970e16970c image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5970e16970c.jpg?w=200&#8243; style=”width: 212px; height: 311px;” title=”No5″ /></a> </span><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5403b45970b.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No6″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5403b45970b ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5403b45970b.jpg?w=200&#8243; style=”width: 209px; height: 311px;” title=”No6″ /></a> </p><p>…and then the clean cassettes are taken back out to the vineyards to be refilled by the pickers…</p><p><a href=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5972526970c.jpg&#8221; style=”display: inline;”><img alt=”No7″ border=”0″ class=”at-xid-6a00e553ed63f088340120a5972526970c image-full ” src=”https://bastianichwines.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/6a00e553ed63f088340120a5972526970c.jpg?w=300&#8243; title=”No7″ /></a> <br /> </p>

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