Friday Photo: Making Napa Wine

Kitchak Cellars

I’m making the newest vintage of wine at Kitchak Cellars in Napa, CA with partner Peter Kitchak (left)  and well-known Minneapolis architect, Tom Oslund (right). The grapes have just been picked, sorted, de-stemmed and lightly crushed.    Notice the juice is near colorless.   The next step is a cold soak on the skins to impart flavor and color.    After fermentation  and extended maceration, pressing follows and the new  red wine  is transferred  into oak barrels, where  it matures for  many  months before bottling.

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