Bottling Day – Success!

What a gratifying day yesterday. We bottled our first wines, the two 2009 Vincent Pinot Noirs that we will release at our open house on September 18 in Portland.

The day began bright but cool. The 7am drive to the winery over the Fremont bridge was remarkable. Exceedingly clear skies. Terrific definition of every tree and house on the west hills. A glow to everything that tells you it will be a hot, summer day.

At the winery, the bottling truck was already on site. Many wineries these days use mobile bottling lines, literally bottling lines on the trailer of a semi-truck that can go from winery to winery to help you bottle your wine. We had several different wines to bottle this day. With each wine already in tank, all we needed to do was clean hoses and hook things up to the first tank and the bottling truck attachments. Then we got to work with a crew of volunteers and together we bottled seveal small lots of wine.

By late morning it was time for my wines. Hook everything up, get my bottles, labels, capsules and corks in place and away we went.

Labels ready to go

Soon the full bottles were coming along the line to get packed into cases.

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills on the bottling line

Then the first case came off the line, ready to start the first palate of 56 cases. And I’m thinking…hey, you need to buy this stuff or I’ll be stuck with it. Kidding. This was exhilirating.

Todd Merkel manhandles the first case of Vincent off the bottling line. Thanks Todd!

Soon it was time for the tiny, one barrel bottling of the 2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard. I hardly had time to get this one shot.

2009 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard on the bottling line

We bottled lots of wine this day, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out two of us.

Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wine and I are the conspirators on the upcoming September 18 open house. Come taste these wines and more. Noon to 5pm, at 2621 NW 30th Avenue in Portland. After all this work and wait, I can’t wait to pour these wines.