Wine Blending At Laguna Canyon Winery

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Wine Blending Begins At Laguna Canyon Winery (Page One)

The mixing of two or more different parcels of wine together by wine makers to produce a consistent finished wine that is ready for bottling.

Marlowe, the little ol' wine maker, at the Laguna Canyon Winery makes for a great evening of education, fun, friends and - Oh Yes - wine!


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Let The Fun Begin!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
When we arrived the tables were ready to go!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
People began showing up at 6:45

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Making napkin flowers is essential for the ambience

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
We are blending from five of the barrels

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
The Roberts arrive and ready to blend

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Our glasses were very pretty.. Looked like roses

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Marlowe welcomed everyone personally

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
The barrels were ready to pour forth the wonders of wine

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Sue explains the "plan of attack"

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Kathy looks worried.... Maybe because Paul asked if
she brought her straws to sip form the barrels?

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
An amazing display of selected cheeses, grapes, raspberries, and olives

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Meanwhile our chef is working hard preparing a delicious meal for the participants

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Franklyn and Michele join the party (Our daughter and son-in-law)

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
The chafing dishes are warmed up

Did You Know? - A chafing dish (from the French chauffer, "to make warm") is a kind of portable grate raised on a tripod, originally heated with charcoal in a brazier, and used for foods that require gentle cooking, away from the "fierce" heat of direct flames. The chafing dish could be used at table or provided with a cover for keeping food warm on a buffet. Double dishes that provide a protective water jacket are known as bains-marie and help keep delicate foods, such as fish, warm while preventing overcooking.

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
When a winery needs an extra table... The barrel is the answer

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Polka time!!!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Yeah Yeah - The gangs all here

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Marlowe questions the guests....

Did You Know? - There are four main methods of sparkling wine production.

The first is simple injection of carbon dioxide (CO2), the process used in soft drinks.

The second is the Metodo Martinotti created and patented by Italian Federico Martinotti (1860-1924) in 1895 and adapted by Eugène Charmat in 1907, a French vine grower in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, in which the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bulk tanks, and is bottled under pressure. This method is used for Prosecco and Asti in particular.

The third method is the traditional method or méthode champenoise.[a] With this method the effervescence is produced by secondary fermentation in the bottle. As the name suggests, this is used for the production of Champagne, but is slightly more expensive than the Charmat process.

The fourth method is the "transfer method". This method will take the cuvée to bottle for secondary fermentation, which allows for the additional complexity, but then will transfer the wine out of the individual bottles into a larger tank after it has spent the desired amount of time on yeast.

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
"What is the third method???"

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Marlowe and his staff make the evening very enjoyable for all

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Like being in school

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
We are told about each of the five barrel contents

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Plastic hoses and nozzles drop down form the barrels into the blue baskets

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Step #1 - Taste the five selections before deciding what to blend

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
We are introduced to each barrel individually

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
The excitement is building

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
On your mark, get set, go!!!!!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
"Filler up!"

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Marlowe and staff spend time with everyone explaining the wines

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Then we have the "two fisted drinkers"

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
"Next!"

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
The hors d'ouvers were fantastic

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
She kept coming by and we kept saying yes... A few calories later

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Finger licking good!!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Paul checks out the color.... Amazing reds

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Paul and daughter Michele enjoying the vino!

Laguna Canyon wine blending September 20th 2014
Ed made sure Paul was there