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Crush Update: Week 3

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Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 10:59 am

Lodi's 2010 crush stepped into higher gear last week as many white wine varieties sugared-up and flavored-up enough for picking.

While I'm sitting out another year from crushing for our own winery, Pantheon Cellars (we're putting all our money into bottling with none left for grapes), I'll be collecting reports to share from many Lodi winegrowers and wineries via my Facebook group:

Not wanting to completely miss the action, I'll be embedded in the grape-stained frontlines over at one of my clients, Borra Vineyards throughout crush. You'll be able to read all the nitty-gritty details at

The first couple of weeks of harvest 2010 saw mostly higher-acid Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay being picked by Woodbridge for sparkling wine and by Bokisch for one of the many vineyards Liz and Markus manage. Bokisch also brought in their own authentic-Spanish-style Terra Alta Vineyard Albariño.

Last week more Albariño came in, this time from the Bokisch's backyard Las Cerezas Vineyard and from Harney Lane. Pinot Grigio went to WildRose, Woodbridge (from Joe Cotta), Dancing Coyote and Ripken, while Chardonnay was crushed at Ripken and Van Ruiten, starting with their Home Ranch.

Rounding out the week were Mokelumne Glen Gewürztraminer, Vicarmont Sauvignon blanc, and the very first of the reds - a few tons of Zinfandel to be bin-fermented at Fields Family in association with the omnipresent guys from

Meanwhile, back at Borra, about 36 barrels were emptied into Mobile Wine Line's bottling truck to make room for the 2010 crop, which will be taking its merry time to ripen during this upcoming cool week of temps in the upper-70's and low-80's.