The table is set, food is cooked to perfection and smiling faces gather around ready to enjoy a delicious meal together. A delightful aroma dances around the air as glasses are filled with carefully selected wine and a fabulous dinner party ensues.
Have you ever wondered how wine goes from grape to table? Recently we bottled some fantastic wines that we can’t wait to share with you in early 2016 and thought it would be interesting to share the labor of love that goes into our bottling process at Moseley Family Cellars.
1. Bottle Selection
A bottle is selected based on wine origin, glass color, weight and shape in order to best match the type of wine to be bottled. For example, our Legacy blends are typically housed in a sleek, broad shouldered, tapered dark glass bottle, while an everyday white will be placed in a clear glass, claret (Bordeaux) bottle.
2. Bottle Sterilization — Squeaky Clean!
One case at a time (12 bottles total), the bottles go through a sanitizing bath to rid the interior of any dust and bacteria that may be hanging around.
3. Nitrogen Injection — Say NO to Oxygen!
Next, four bottles at a time are filled with nitrogen to displace oxygen. This very important step defends against wine-ruining bacteria that live off of oxygen.
A bottle filler gently fills and automatically tops off up to six bottles at a time to a precise predetermined level. The nitrogen is recycled and protects the wine that flows into the filler. Genius!
5. Stick a Cork in It!
Filled bottles are then carefully passed to the corking machine where corks are inserted in the bottle using intense pressure. The corks are kept sterile by storing them in nitrogen-filled containers, warding off oxygen-loving bacteria.
6. Add Some Bling!
Foil capsules are gently placed on the necks of the bottles and carefully secured one at a time using a Foil Spinner device. Brilliant!
7. Lots of Labels – Tired Eyes!
A hand-cranked bottle labeler cues up labels that will be rolled on to the front and back of each bottle, one at a time.
8. Inspection to Perfection
Now that the process is complete, every bottle gets meticulously inspected and fingerprints are wiped away. White glove treatment!
9. Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em
Once every bottle has been looked over it gets placed in a box where it is stacked while the wine overcomes its “bottle shock.” After a period of weeks (or months), it is distributed and ready for your drinking enjoyment!
During our last bottling session we had a crew of 10–12 people working together each day to complete over 30 cases per hour. While this process sounds monotonous and perhaps like hard work, we weren’t surprised when we found that conversations were being held, relationships were formed, and friends were made. So fun!
We can’t wait for you enjoy the fruits of our labor at your next dinner party, around a cozy fire, or in our tasting room.
Wines to expect in early 2016:
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Sangiovese Rosé
2015 Carneros Chardonnay
2013 Le Jardin Rouge
2013 Gold Stripe Merlot
2013 Gold Stripe Syrah.