Harvest is a telenovela. Let us rephrase. Harvest is like a telenovela if you remove the lying, cheating, stealing, fancy clothes, shiny teeth, fast cars and impeccable skin. While adrenal-fueled bursts of action grab the spotlight, the beauty of the annual drama is best appreciated when viewed over the long term. To better grasp the character study, we’re moving Crushcamps to the digital sphere over four separate sessions. All sessions take place at 6:00 p.m., pacific time. Participation is free of charge and open to all. We invite you to try the exemplary wines we have selected to accompany our discussions, one for each session, see details below.
HARVEST- September 23 — suggested wine, Foundry 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Morgaen Lee Vineyard
Our premiere episode comes from the vineyards to explore the 2020 vintage and decisions which go into determining when to pick the grapes. We’ll spotlight an actual pick, where grapes are hand harvested, and then head into the winery to learn how clusters and individual berries are sorted.
FERMENTATION & CAP MANAGEMENT- October 14 — suggested wine, Anarchist 2019 Rosé Against the Machine
With Harvest in high gear, we’ll dig into the fermentation process. Hefty forklifts, big presses and large stainless steel tanks dominate the winery floor, but tonight centers on the smallest, yet most important, character of Harvest… yeast. We’ll weigh the benefits/challenges of using native yeast versus cultured yeast strains while examining techniques to extract color and flavor from the skins.
PRESSING WINE TO BARREL- October 28 — suggested wine, Foundry 2017 Pinot Noir, Rodgers Creek Vineyard
With alcohol created by yeast consuming the sugars in the grapes, it’s time to press the wine into barrels for aging. This session examines the mechanical aspects of how the press works and the impact of winemaking philosophy on defining the structure of the wine.
MALOLACTIC CONVERSION and AGING IN OAK & STEEL- November 11 — suggested wine, Foundry 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
With fermentation complete we’ll explore the first stages of the aging process. Here we cover the big impact tiny bacteria have on wine style and dive into the role oak barrels play in shaping aroma, flavor and structure. We’ll cap the session by measuring the bags under the eyes of each winemaking team member while counting the number of words they employ which contain three or more syllables.
Get ready for Harvest 2020 with four specially selected wines for our Crushcamp series, one to accompany each session. Enjoy special pricing and flat-rate expedited cold shipping. $190 per 4-pack (regularly $215), with $25 flat rate expedited cold shipping. Or, join our Wine Club for extra-special Member pricing of $145 per 4-pack, with $25 flat rate expedited cold shipping.
The 4 Pack Includes:
Foundry 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Morgaen Lee Vineyard
Anarchist 2019 Rosé Against the Machine
Foundry 2017 Pinot Noir, Rodgers Creek Vineyard
Foundry 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Check out the camera & catch your favorite Foundry heroes in action from the comfort and socially distanced laptop as we sort, press, punchdown and pump over.
“Watching the Crushcam is equal parts Kurosawa, Herzog, Bergman and root canal gone wrong.” Rico Petrocelli