Basket Case

Basket Press Instructions by pictures:

After draining the fermented free run juice to a new T-Bin, Fred tilts the remaining grape pomace near the basket press

Lowly intern starts digging the pomace...

...into the Zambelli Italian basket press

Screw the press down onto the skins, which means walking that handle in circles around the press. Triceps workout!

Intern demo: Switch to hydraulics after press plate is screwed down fairly hard

Slowly pump hydraulic handle to work press plate down onto the pomace cake

Easy! The author prefers hydraulics over the turning or digging. Maybe he's found a job match

Juice is slowly pressed into press pan, analyzed and decisions are made on how much to add back in with the free run juice

Press wine from our 1st grapes of 2011 - King Vineyard Pinot Noir!

KING BILL. That was the name we had on the fermentation bin. From the grapes we picked ourselves from Ben King’s vineyard in the Russian River Valley to kick off harvest.

THE REAL KING BILL. From Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino

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