Sheldon Haynie
 
November 30, 2013 | Other stuff, Vineyards, Wines | Sheldon Haynie

Black Friday Weekend

This weekend was tranquil at Lightheart Cellars, we were closed and were able to spend time with our family and enjoy a traditional feast. Hoopefully you wre able to spend time with those you love as well. Tranquil is of course a relative term when you have a winery, and projects to accomplish.

We sourced an additional  tank and 20 barrels we needed to age the additional  5000l of wine we finished up with, including Joan driving the flatbed up to Sonoma to fetch the barrels. Preparing the barrels is a sequence of soaking with an oxidizing cleaner, then rinsing and soaking with Suflites and Citric Acid to prepare them for use. As is typical there's one or two that leak and need to be tightened up with the hoop driver. We will transfer the wine over the next weeks and store it away for the winter. 

Additional projects include painting the forklift and building a re-usuable windscreen for the tasting room, with a startup of farming as well. With the first rains its time to get the vineyards ripped, tilled and seeded with cover crops. 

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