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August, 2010

LDV Winery
Curt Among the Barrels
We bottled our 2008 Syrah on July 9, 2010. It was an exciting day for us and this bottle of wine will always represent an important milestone.

We are extremely pleased with the rich flavors of the wine as it went into the bottle. This is not a wimpy wine.

We are getting ready to bottle our 2009 Grenache soon. We will be holding a tasting panel (sampling various blends to see what tastes best) this month to make the final determination of wine we will bottle from this vintage.
In addition to bottling, we have been busy purchasing winery equipment.

We are now the proud owners of our first basket wine press. The type of wine press used varies from winery to winery.

We chose a basket press for several reasons. It tends to be gentler on the grapes than hydraulic bladder pressing and we think this will really improve the quality of our wines, especially the Petite Sirah.

LDV Winery
Hydraulic Basket Press
Since we are going to be focusing on small lot, hand crafted bottlings, the basket press is also much more conducive to this type of approach from a cleaning and maintenance perspective. As our operation grows and matures, we may need to add another basket press or bladder press but for now we are in pretty good shape.

Click here to read the Summer 2010 winemaker interview.

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