Bottling: Round Three
This week Naggiar spent 2 ½ days bottling wine. Bottling in July, you ask? Yes … the demand for Naggiar wine has increased to the point where we’ve needed to add a third bottling to our traditional twice a year schedule. In fact, we may even need to add a fourth bottling run this August. Not a bad “problem” to have!
Some facts and figures about this month’s bottling:
We bottled a total of 2,200 cases of wine (26,400 bottles).
Four varietals – all of them 2015 vintages – were bottled: Sangiovese, Malbec, Mistero, and the second run of our newest superstar wine, Root 49.
Total time spend bottling was about 20 hours.
The total number of hands required to complete this task? Sixteen – that includes the two gentlemen from Ultima who keep the bottling truck in tip top shape and 6 Naggiar team members – staff, volunteers, and family. (eight individuals x two hands each equal a total of sixteen hands.)
My personal favorite job on the bottling line is that of “foiler”. Sometimes we utilize a bottling truck that has a built in foiling mechanism, but not this July. It’s definitely more fun without the foiling mechanism. Think about the I Love Lucy episode with Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory. Good Times!
Music is a big part of the bottling process. Let’s face it, bottling is loud business (clinking glass, pounding corks, whirling conveyor belts). It’s not conducive to chit chatting with your fellow workers. This year’s musical selection leaned towards lively horns and rollicking guitars accompanied by soulful vocals … all those charming sounds found in traditional Mexican music.
We say “Buenas Noches” to this month’s bottling and look forward to sweet dreams of the wine to come.
Check out the video from July bottling on our Facebook page. Click here.