Our good friend Michele d'Aprix, the only American Woman Winemaker in Bordeaux, will be Skyping with us tomorrow at 5:00 from her cellar in Bordeaux as she is making her famous "Pentimento" wine. It will be an incredibly rare opportunity to see exactly what goes into making world class wine, and I am seriously giddy in anticipation!
As the date has been approaching, Michele has been recording videos of the harvest and some of the winemaking steps that we won't be able to witness firsthand on Friday. She sent them to us to give us an idea of what is going on over in St. Emilion right now.
Yup, that was the harvest! I am seriously ready for a vacation to Bordeaux right now!
I always wondered how a destemmer actually works. I made some "wine" out of some Muscadines recently and had to pluck all of the stems off by hand, it took hours! I really need to invest in one of these!
Remontage is the French term for "Pumpover", which basically pushes the cap of grape skins, which float to the top, back into contact with the juice to allow more color and tannin to be extracted. I've read about this in my books, but I have never seen it first hand until now! Sorry, I told you I was giddy!
This has just been a sample of what we will see tomorrow, October 10th at 5:00pm, when we Skype with Michele and her crew. Come out and ask her about all of your wine making questions while you taste her incredible wines!