Monday, November 10, 2008

Almquist Family Cellars

UPDATE: Check out their website here!

Over the past couple of weeks we have had the fun of watching our friend Mike Almquist crush grapes for wine making. He has made wine for years, and this year's vintage will be for sale. He and his wife bought a warehouse two blocks west of the Fremont bridge in Seattle that they are converting into a winery and restaurant. The restaurant will have an open view of the winery (and a view of the ship canal), and will open after the first of the year.

The grapes are brought from eastern Washington.


Here is Mike driving the fork lift, dumping the grapes into the crusher (I am to the right):

Abbott and Cal watching grapes go through the crusher:


The degree to which the grapes are crushed is part of the art of wine making.


Stems:

Mike with crushed grapes:

This part of the crushing machine removes the grapes from the stems:


Mike and Abbott at work:

the pressing machine



Pressing will be done several times this week. If we're able to go when the grapes have sufficiently fermented (the process takes between 3-10 days, approximately) due to addition of yeast, enzymes, nutrients and/or nature, we'll also get to see the pressing. Mike plans to produce approximately 40,000 bottles this year. Watch for the Almquist Family Cellars!

11 comments:

preppyplayer said...

That was an interesting post. I think the only way I have pictured grapes being crushed for wine is images of Lucy and Ethel, barefoot in a big barrel! Great pics.

Ina J Offret said...

Very interesting post Lecia! Keep us posted on the winery/restaurant's progress.

Joyce said...

Lecia- I love wine. This is reallly neat to see how wine is made. Will their wine be available for shipping?
I think when I order wine from a vineyard in Calf I order just to hear the person talk about the wine!

Once again thank you for the lesson!! Yes by all means keep us posted.

Elissa said...

very cool to be able to see how this is done...

KPiep said...

I'm going to have to show the girls these pictures later on today. Seeing the barrels reminds me of a long-ago trip to Weston, MO!

porter said...

Ohhh! What a fun day!! I want to go too!

vickie pellouchoud said...

um...that restaurant sounds awesome with the winery feature and the view. thanks for visiting my humble little blog. CRACKED up at obama video from your last post....so funny

please sir said...

Oh wow - what a neat process to watch - lucky you!

Sheila said...

What a great experience! Wonder if their wine will become available in Michigan....

lapetitevie said...

What a great person to be friends with! I just visited McMeniman's Edgefield and watched some of that same process while I was there. So interesting.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

I will let you know when you can look for the wine in your local stores or order and have it shipped. Thanks for your interest!