Thursday, March 5, 2009

Karl's "Joy of Bottling", Part I

When I was a boy I read this ancient Chinese saying, "Give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime."

I loved this piece of wisdom and the lesson it taught me, but when I grew up I faced reality and learned another saying, "Teach a man to fish and he has to buy bamboo rods, graphite reels, mono-filament lines, neoprene waders, tackle boxes, lures, flies, spinners, worm rigs, slip sinkers, offset hooks, gore-tex hats, 20-pocket vests, fish finders, boats, trailers and SIX PACKS!!!"

The long lost lessons are not forgotten but I think I'll opt for the adult take on life.

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For the past weeks Jeff has been showing the world all of the components it takes to get wine into a bottle - and there are a lot:

- Bottles in standard size, half-size, 1.5 Liter, 3 Liter and 6 Liter.

- Four different size corks.

- Tin capsules.

- Labels front and back.

- Boxes, cardboard and wooden.

- Pallets, shrink wrap and twine.

- Bottling line, crew, truck, fork-lift.

- And a bonded cold storage warehouse.

...Oh and...WINE!!!

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So now that's out of the way, I thought I would go through the process of the "JOY" that is bottling.

We are scheduled to put the 2007 Vellum Cabernet Sauvignon into bottle on March 17th. It's a day reserved for a certain St. Patrick, the lurid but endearing Kelly green, Leprechauns...?...and a worldwide timed event where people practice the custom of taking alcohol OUT of bottle, not putting it back in!!

...Part II of this post coming soon...

- Karl Lehmann

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