For anybody in the wine industry that has ever released or made a wine of their own, it is pretty safe to say that the moment your wine is ready to be bottled is a tremendously satisfying feeling. Furthermore, when the wine that is being bottled is your first vintage, as is the case with us and Ricci Vineyards, that feeling is heightened even more so.
The bottling of your wine in a certain sense represents a finish line for all the hard work that was previously put forth to get to this point. From the physical harvesting of the grapes, the selection of packaging and design of the labels, and the enduring patience required to wait for the wine to age...the culmination of all these elements occurs when the first case of wine comes rolling off the bottling line. For us, having our 2018 vintages in bottle is the continuation of a new chapter being written in our family's legacy of grape growing (and now) making wine. From humble vineyard beginnings in 1982, it could be said that the wines we will be releasing this year are almost 40 years in the making.
We are definitely anxious, as well as excited, to see how our initial offerings of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and a rosé of Pinot Noir will express themselves after we unveil them in the coming months. With the wine finished and resting in bottles, it can be said that the easy part of making wine is now over and the hard part begins: finding a thirsty and accepting audience that is willing to consume the wine we devoted so much time to make. With any luck, those of you that are reading this will help us out with that last part.
Cheers and if you want to see more pictures from the bottling line process, please click here!
Above: Our rosé just coming off the bottling line.