|Fall at Tucannon Cellars|
|Ready to fill|
|Krystina and Kohner picking|
|Hard day of picking|
It is a beautiful location and they make wonderful wines - we sampled every one...
|Doug - lots of hours picking|
And, the whole family got involved in the process. We learned a lot!
|So tasty right off the vine|
|Beautiful Mouvedre' grapes|
- grow your own grapes
- pick other peoples grapes
- buy picked grapes
- just buy the Juice
|Ethen cooling off a batch|
Buying the Juice is definitely the easiest from our perspective - hah.
|Lisa, Ken, and Ryan filling the buckets|
But more expensive and you lose some quality control.
|Feeding the Crusher|
Once you get the grapes picked, you fill the buckets and pour then into the Crusher.
|Crusher ready for the next batch|
The Crusher removes the stems and breaks the grapes - keep your fingers out of the way!
|Phil - Forklift Man|
The bins of grapes are moved into cool storage.
Now the Winemakers, Phil and Ethen, can work their magic!
|Lisa working the dry ice|
When the grapes have "brewed" for awhile, they are ready to be Pressed.
|The Family at work|
Grab the buckets again and scoop the grapes up and load them into the Press.
|Ken and Eric loading up the Press|
A very simple piece of equipment that came all the way from Italy.
|Phil and Ethen getting Purple|
It just squishes and squishes all of the wonderful juice out of the grapes.
|Lisa getting all of the juice|
The juice tastes so good!
|Ness and Phil filling the barrels|
Grab your buckets again - it is time to fill up the barrels and tanks.
|Danette filling up the barrels|
|Ethen filling up the Press|
The white grapes are placed in stainless steel tanks and kept very very cold.
|Bexs having a wine attack|
The white wines will be ready in about 4 months.
|Filled with lots of red wine|
You have to be patient to taste the red wine though.
|Working hard - hah!|
|Pizza for the workers - yeah!|
But, it will be worth the wait - promise!
|Steve and Bexs are done|
We handled all kinds of grapes and juice:
Carmenere, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer.
|Ken gone Grape Crazy|
|Lisa and Ness filling barrels|
|Serious work, Eric!|
Plus, we got to spend lots and lots of quality time with the family.
Who knew you could have so much fun while you worked?
Looking forward to visiting Tucannon Cellars and tasting the new batch next time we are back in Washington!
|More and more crushing, Ken!|
|Wine bubbling away|
|Moving barrels around|
|Reisling is almost ready|
|The Grape Stomp!|
|Phil and Ethen crushing away|
|Cooling down the grapes|