Bottling Week At Brennan Vineyards

I thought I would give you a glimpse of what happens at the winery during bottling week. This year we are bottling all the red wines here in Comanche and all the white wines will be bottled at McPherson Cellars in Lubbock.

The red wines we are bottling are: Brennan Vineyards Dark Horse 2010, Brennan Vineyards Buffalo Roam 2010, Austin St. Red 2010 & Brennan Vineyards Portejas 2009. We decided to keep the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon in barrels for an extra year. It should make an outstanding wine next year.

Monday is filtering day at the winery. This is the last step before bottling. After that the wine will just sit in tanks ready to be bottled.

Tuesday is a preparation day to get all the little things ready for the 1st day of bottling. We will make sure we have enough people working the days we are bottling, get bottles ready, labels, pallets, nitrogen, tape, drinks for everyone. And there will be some last minute lab work to do on all the wines.

Wednesday will be the 1st day of bottling. The bottling truck should be here around 11 a.m., so we will start bottling right after lunch.

We will start with the AS Red, we should have a little over 600 cases. Thursday will be the long day. We should be able to bottle the rest of the red wines. Dark horse will be 1st about 400 cases.

Then we will bottle the Buffalo Roam about 600 cases and finish with the Portejas which will be about 150 cases. Friday will be a scheduled bottling day just in case we need it, but if everything goes to plan we will be done on Thursday.

About Todd Webster

Accomplished winemaker, Todd Webster, began his career in the wine business as Operations Manager for a distributor in Fort Worth. It was in that capacity that he met Trellise and Pat Brennan. He joined Brennan Vineyards and began his formal education in Viticulture and Enology at Grayson College and Texas Tech University. Todd plans to begin the Enology Certificate Program at Washington State University next year.
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