We started at 8 AM. Cleaned for an hour, and we were bottling by 9AM.

We first bottled the 30 gallon 2011 Syrah, then the 60 gallon 2011 Zin.

We finished bottling at 3:30, and cleanup took until 5PM.

Long day!


Some learnings:

  • The bottles should be a lighter color so that we can see the wine level as we are filling.
  • Buy a better quality cork than BevPeople is selling. We had some recorking to do because the corks would break down.
  • When corking, pull down the handle partway twice, pre-compressing the cork. Then cork it in the third pull

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