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It’s that time of year again where the leaves are dropping, the sky is bipolar and either a constant grey or blindingly sunny, and shirtless men wander around Reininger with grape-stained hands. Ok, so maybe they aren’t shirtless, but they are hunky wine dudes who are hard at work destemming, crushing, and pressing loads and loads of grapes out on our crush pad. I snapped a few shots today of the boys hard at work sorting through some Phinney Hill Syrah.
Why do we sort grapes? Destemming is the process of separating stems from the grapes. Reininger and many other (but not all) wineries do this process before crushing with the purpose of lowering the development of tannins and vegetal flavors in the resulting wine.
It’s a simple process that is made easier by this big piece of equipment we have on our crush pad. It also takes about 4 people to help with the sorting and destemming process. Check back for more crush pics and tidbits!