Pictures from the season’s last crush

Today was the last crush for Cloudlift Cellars. Four tons of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Many thanks to Ben, Reid, and Daniel for their help.

A bin of grapes

Bins of grapes

A bin hoisted above the floor

At the destemmer-crusher

Inside the destemmer-crusher

Crushed grapes in a fermentation bin

The stems

I didn’t take any pictures of the washing. I was washing. Crush is like a two-act play. Act one: Crush the grapes. Act two: Wash everything.

How does this relate to writing? I haven’t figured it out. Except that it’s hard work–in the way that even something you love to do can be hard work. And you love the doing.