|hand-bottled Sonoma Coast Pinot & Chardonnay|
|hand-bottling components: bottles, corker and keg|
|Sonoma Coast Pinot Nior|
The Chard is rich and mineral-ly with some subtle tropical fruit flavors, everything you'd want in a white.
The Pinot is full bodied without being syrupy and has an incredible nose of roasted marshmallows, a flavor/scent that appeals deeply to my inner 12-year old.
|Sterilizing bottles with Argon gas|
|filling the bottle from the keg|
|place the bottle, then the cork...|
|...then crank the lever!|
For the finishing touch, DH brought home the waxing kit.
No, no, no...not that kind of waxing kit! The waxing kit with which to seal really fancy bottles of wine and some whiskies (i.e. maker's mark). This is a completely unnecessary albeit beautiful step and will be particularly nice if we are actually able to save any as gifts.
|bottle waxing at home|
|a quick slab of primary sealant to prevent air-bubbles|
|turning the bottle to even out the wax|
(I must realize not everyone finds the mindless tasks in life as fun as I do.) But I for one loved waxing the bottles. It reminded me of something we might have done in Girl Scouts way back when, sans alcohol of course.
DH is also a wonderful teacher, though he might beg to differ. Here's a little video of him explaining the waxing process. You be the judge!