Cold Slow Fermentation and the 2012 Grenache

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Today at the winery, Jon and Patrick pressed the Grenache grapes so I distracted them for a few minutes to interview them on the process.

You may not have heard much about Grenache. It’s a grape varietal typically found in red wine blends, rather than just on its own. It’s best known for being the predominant varietal in Châteauneuf-du-Pape but it is also widely used in Australian blends and in Spanish and French rosés.

The high sugar content in Grenache means it needs to ferment in the bin quite a bit longer than the other varietals to bring the sugar level (brix) down to 0.

Patrick talks about this and why they used the cold slow fermentation process.

It’s our first video and we plan to do more and get better with them. Let us know what you think! Do you like it?

Have any questions you’d like them to answer in upcoming videos?

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Tickle Patrick so he smiles a little. (Does he LIKE making wine??? <g>)

suggest more straight-on angle so Patrick doesn't have to keep turning away from camera.

Why do they do all that pressing by hand? Isn't there an easier way?

Has anyone made a song using the pressing-beat (and tone) of that presser? That would be a fun idea!

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber moderator

 @VanyaSandberg Hi Vanya, I forgot to come over here and thank you for the feedback. We are going to answer your question about the pressing via video. and I'll surprise them with the question about the song at the end and see what they come up with. LOL. and no, to answer your question, he does not smile, but yes, he very much enjoys making wine. :)