It is still warm, but the leaves are turning at the Shier Winery. Almost time to start the winemaking process all over again. In order to clear space in the tanks for this year's Riesling, I had to bottle 35 cases this past weekend.
For those out there that have never used a hand corker or lifted and carried 5 gallon carboys, it is a little bit of a workout. But the worst part is breathing all of the sulfur dioxide that keeps the whole operation sanitary. Luckily the exhaust fan that I installed to pull out the carbon dioxide also earns its capital investment by clearing the SO2 cloud.
17 of these carboys filled 35 cases of 2012 Riesling.
99 cases of bottles.