Bottling is one of the busiest weeks at the winery; a year's worth of work gets put to bed and it is a time of celebration for the winemaker. It is a solid three days of assembly line work with the help of many volunteers. This year is even more exciting for us as we are releasing a new line of labels with vintage pictures, which are meaningful to us and to the surrounding area.
Things are always fun and light at a winery, except when it is time to bottle. All of a sudden, days become much longer for my husband, Scott, who has been working 16 hour days for the last two weeks. I look forward to next Friday when this is all over with (and so does Scott)! Final filtering, sugar additions and many wine tastings, to ensure we are choosing the best amount of sugar to go into the wine. There is a lot of work that goes into that bottle of wine you're drinking - so sip slowly and enjoy the fruit of our labor! In the photo below, Scott is showing Eve the used filters; he had just finished filtering Max Black. We brought him dinner at the winery because he was pulling another all day and nighter!
I am the winemaker's wife. Scott and I married in 2014 and I transitioned from a hospitality manager to a grape farmer's wife, event coordinator and blog author.