- Sep 18, 2019
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We are Diane & Ron Rudnick of Liberty Lake Washington (Between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene ID)
We are growing 50 vines split between 2 varietals:
25 Pinot Noir Precoce
25 Chardonnay Wente 72
We affectionately are calling our wine and vineyard CRAP Wine Cellars or crapwinecellars.com - although we are not a commercial venture, just hobbyists.
CRAP stands for Cheap Retired Airline Pilot !!
The vines are in year 3 and we plan to give it a go this year. We are a month into Veraison but Brix is still about 17-19º so we will wait another couple of weeks before picking.
We are also planning a trip this fall so starting fermentation is not viable and we plan on crushing/de stemming and freezing our lot of Pinot Noir must until we are ready for it.
For practice .. and to have a comparison we purchased 5 gallons of frozen must from Brehm Vineyards of Pinot Noir from the Columbia Valley. We are currently processing MLF on 3 gallons + 1 bottle after primary and racking off the gross lees.
We bought a crusher/destemmer, a Blickmann Wineasy fermenter and press and the Vinmetrica SC300 and SC55 analysis kits for So2, pH, TA nd MLF.
We’re reading a lot, scouring the internet, watching YouTube and taking advice wherever we can. Just stumbled on this site today.