Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bottling 2009 Rose Jolee

Springtime is the time of year when we here at Del Rio are very busy bottling wine. Yesterday we started off the season with Pinot Gris. Today the bottling project is the 2009 Rose Jolee. The Rose Jolee is one of the toughest wines to bottle as it has to be bottled at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This is to ensure that all the co2 is not lost. If we bottle warmer the bubbles in the Rose Jolee will dissipate. Now you are probably thinking – WOW! How does the machinery keep working without freezing? That is the problem. As the equipment is constantly trying to freeze, high percentage alcohol is sprayed on to the bottle line to stop this from happening. And now you know the rest of the story…. Watch the video and see the bottle go from filling to being put on a pallet and everything in-between.

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