Wine Blending At Laguna Canyon April 18th 2015

"Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine."

Now We Bottle Our Blends... (Page Two)

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
She eyeballs the bottle and puts in precisely 45% per the instructions

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
By the end of the evening she had it down to a science

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Here I come with my formula in hand!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
I am ready to blend but I needed a fill-up!"

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Sue makes sure nothing is spilled!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
"Maybe I should just lay down underneath the spigot in case something spills"

Did You Know? - There are 24,000 names for varieties of wine grapes, corresponding to between 5,000 and 10,000 actual varieties. However, only about 150 are commercially important.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Keep it coming!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Looking good!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Ta Dah!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
"I'm a two bottle kinda girl.... And I am not sharing with Ed!"

Did You Know? - Wine grapes are the single most widely planted fruit crop. There are 20 million acres of grapes planted worldwide, just about enough to supply every adult living in the United States with a bottle a day.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
"Just kidding.... I always share with Ed"

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The bottle foil cover goes on easily

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Grab those colored pens...

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Marlowe is getting everything ready for the contest

Did You Know? - Portugal is the main source of wine corks. At one time it produced thirteen billion of them per year.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
David and Peggy complete the bottling process

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
"I think I will call it Chateau Peggy! Maybe it will be worth $1000 a bottle someday!"

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Blending continues

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Discussions about the wines and proper ratios keep everyone busy

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Bob attempts to levitate the wine

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Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Donna is getting serious about this bottle

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
It's going to be a work of art.... No, correct that... A work of Donna

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Glad we do not have to decorate all the glasses!

Did You Know? - The Speyer Museum in central Germany contains the oldest bottle of wine in the world, dating back to about 300 A. D.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Meanwhile Peggy does a shinning knight on her bottle!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Paul is barely able to write on his bottles

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Decisions decisions... What color next??

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Didn't know wine blending could be so much fun!

Did You Know? - Here are some numbers to give you an idea of what goes into your wines. These are average numbers the actual numbers vary widely depending on the type of wine produced.

1 cluster = 75 grapes

1 glass = 1 clusters

1 bottle = 4 clusters

1 bottle = 2 ½ lbs of grapes

1 vine = 40 clusters

1 vine = 10 bottles

1 barrel = 30 vines

1 barrel = 1,200 clusters

1 barrel = 60 gallons

1 barrel = 25 cases

1 barrel = 300 bottles

1 acre = 13 ½ barrels

1 acre = 400 vines

1 acre = 16,000 clusters

1 acre = 332 cases

1 acre = 3,984 bottles

1 acre = 800 gallons

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Everybody is well into the blending process

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Dessert is served...

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Creative people are amazing!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The label keeps getting larger

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
We asked the staff to come out and we offered a toast...
They got cheers from the crowd for making it such a nice evening!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Applause was well deserved!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Bob delivers Donna's works of art

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Marlowe is really enjoying the decorated bottles

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
David delivers Peggy's entry

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The staff are getting a kick of of this activity

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Line 'em up!

Did You Know? - The most expensive bottle of wine was auctioned at Christies, London, in December 1985. The buyer paid £105,000 (over $180,000 depending on the exchange rate) for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafitte red Bordeaux, engraved with Thomas Jefferson's initials. But…. before it was consumed the cork dried out, slid into the bottle and ruined the wine.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
They are beautiful!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Sue does her quality check!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Meanwhile we are seeing Kathy safely to the car

Did You Know? - Cork was developed as a bottle closure in the late 17th century. It was only after this that bottles were lain down for aging and the bottle shapes slowly changed from short and bulbous to tall and slender.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The winery emits a warm glow of friendship and fun!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The winners are ready!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Bravo... We have artists amongst us!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Donna and Peggy won the contest and a bottle of the bubbly!

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
All smiles

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
"We do not plan to give up our day jobs quite yet!"

Did You Know? - The human foot is ideally suited to crushing grapes. Manual treading breaks the grapes, mashes the skins, and mixes them with the juice but doesn't break open the grape seeds that would give the wine a bitter taste.

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
The artists confer on their next project

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015
Darn... It is time to go home with our magnificent blendings!

Did You Know? - The entire dandelion plant is edible. 100 g of its leaves provides nearly 750% your recommended daily intake of Vitamin K, its flowers can be used to make wine, its root can be used to make a coffee-tasting drink, and it is also used in several soft drinks

Wine blending at Laguna Canyon Winery April 18th 2015

Sound: "A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine"

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". He wrote such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady", as well as the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way" (originally the French song "Comme d'habitude"). He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005.