Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

The World's Biggest Toy Store

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2008 12:00 am

It's like the world's BIGGEST toy store for winemakers. It's where budgets are made and QUICKLY BROKEN. It's the only place we can find friends we lost touch with during the year. It's the annual 2008 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center, the city's largest annual trade show.

There is NOTHING you won't find in the 22 rows of booths. They have everything for vineyards, including an entire booth for different ties used to secure vines to trellises, on up to shiny yellow tractors lined up like Ferraris in an auto show.

I was drooling over a crushing set-up that one person could work ALL ALONE to dump grape bunches into a $15,000 stem-remover ("stemmer") that drops grapes onto a $25,000 shaker-table to remove little bits of green stem clusters ("jacks", like the kiddie game). The naked grapes then drop down into a $10,000 crusher before being pumped ($7,000) into a $10,000 tank. I should have brought my $0.05 red beer cup to catch the drool!

With a nearly unlimited budget, you could practically handle crush with no hired help, but then would you be operating a winery or an automated grape processing plant making luxury machined wines?

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Popular Stories

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists