The Cellar Team has one more grape variety, Steuben, to crush. Steuben is a labrusca sport that is native to New England. It is usually the last grape we harvest each year. We really like the juice it produces because it makes a very popular wine that goes especially well with spicy foods. But, Steuben is challenging to grow in our climate and to harvest. On Monday we were able to machine harvest all of the Steuben.

The rest of the week will be devoted to cleaning up, lubricating, and moving crush equipment from the cellar to the warehouse. And, of course, we’ll continue starting fermentations and supervising the wines that are being fermented. We’ll also invest in training a new staff member and in reorganizing our warehouse.