Posted: Aug 19, 2011 10:33 AM by Courtney Meznarich, KSBY News (BT)
Updated: Aug 19, 2011 10:41 AM
It's a little early for most wineries, but at Laetitia Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, the sparkling wine harvest season has begun.
The winery started harvesting pinot noir grapes for sparkling wine Wednesday, and is inviting anyone who is interested in the process to come out to the vineyard to see the pressing in action. Laetitia uses two unique conquard grape presses, they say they have the only two in the country.
The winemaker says that process, paired with great fruit, should make an excellent 2011 vintage. "It was kind of a rough growing season, cooler season, late rains and different things, but everything is looking really nice and so, phew, we made it," said Dave Hickey, of Laetitia Vineyards.
The wine being pressed now will be bottled in late spring, early summer. It will be ready to drink in a few years.
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