Join our Mailing List

Updates about custom crush services.

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
August 4, 2015 | Custom Crush, Harvest, Methode Champenoise, Sparkling winemaking, Winemaking | Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

Sparkling Winegrape Harvest Off to a Great Start in Sonoma County!

It’s the first week of August and already harvest is in full swing here at Rack & Riddle! The last week of July saw the very first sparkling grapes picked and brought to the facility for crushing and making into a lovely bubbly.

Meanwhile, in Rack & Riddle’s vineyards, our winemakers checked the grapes that will become the next vintage in our Rack & Riddle brand, as well as the grapes destined for Rack & Riddle’s private label (shiner) program.

Penny and Carolyn are checking the grapes (which should be picked in the next week or so) for disease, size of clusters, evenness of ripening, size of the crop and if any housekeeping issues need to be addressed, like thinning or attending to from now until picking.

The photo top left below shows the Rack & Riddle grapes at 20 percent veraison off of Skaggs Island. The bottom two photos show grapes at 70-75 percent veraison in another Sonoma vineyard:

July 30th saw Benovia Winery’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sparkling grapes arriving at Rack & Riddle for pressing. Crush is just the first step in the long labor of love involved in traditional method champenoise winemaking.

Yesterday, Amista Vineyards’ Chardonnay sparkling grapes went into the press – the first step in creating the next vintage of Amista Vineyards Sparkling Blanc de Blanc!

While harvest is already underway, there is still time to secure space for your bubbly project. Rack & Riddle has space for sparkling or still wine grape-to-bottle or base-to-bottle projects. Contact us today to request a quote! 707-433-8400

View our slideshow album of Harvest 2015 photos! Check out our video of Amista's sparkling grapes being pressed at our facility!


Add A Blog Comment
E-Mail me when someone comments on this post
Leave this field blank: