CHAPTER 6:ON THE CRUSH PAD

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Before the introduction of modern stemmer-crushers, foot stomping was used to break the grapes so fermentation could begin. Today grape stomping is done mostly for fun at winery festivals, and allows winery visitors to get a taste of the crush pad.

 

THE THUNDER OF ARRIVING TRUCKS … THE GNASHING OF STAINLESS STEEL AUGURS … THE THUMP OF PUMPS MOVING FRESH GRAPE JUICE FROM CRUSHER-STEMMER TO PRESS. FOR A WINEMAKER WHO WAITS ALL YEAR FOR HIS OR HER ONE CHANCE AT FAME AND FORTUNE (OR AT LEAST MAKING WINE SPECTATOR’S TOP 100 LIST), THERE IS A VISCERAL THRILL AS FRUIT BEGINS TO ARRIVE ON THE PROCESSING DECK AND THE YEAR’S ...

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