Floored

We were literally floored this week. On Sunday morning, our contractor’s crew pulled in to rough in the plumbing for the new winery building. We felt for them; working in the full sun on a hot day had to be tough, but they were finished by a little after noon.

On Wednesday, the concrete crew came in to build and install the floor drain we need in the cellar. They finished their work just in time to clean up and head out before a big rain storm.

After a day to let things dry out, the concrete crew came back Friday. Trucks of concrete started rolling in, and by late afternoon we had a smooth, hard concrete wine cellar floor.  It’s Pepe approved, as you can see in the video!

Next week brings the crew back to pour the outdoor loading dock/press pad on the back of the building. I’ll be sure to video the next phase too – thanks for taking a look at the progress.  Cheers!

Beginning of August Building Update

Not a huge amount of change since my last video of the site, but there has been some work done!  We had a few trees cleared that I didn’t show in the video. Mainly those trees were in the parking lot area, and were becoming hazards since they were slowly dying.

We’ve been planning to add brewery equipment to the production cellar, and after picking up a 1-barrel system early in July, Clyde gave it a trial run this past weekend.  It’s still fermenting, so we don’t know how his first try tastes yet, but we are eagerly anticipating the results!

Clyde is heading out this weekend to pick up a grape press, and we are also trying to get bottling supplies on hand so we can bottle the wines we’ve been making at Red Moose Winery. A conversation with “the feds” about updating our federal permit was delayed this week, so I’m still not sure when we’ll be able to have something available to you all again.  As soon as I know anything on that front, I’ll be sure to post here and on our social media pages.

So how about you? What have you been up to this week?  I’d love to read about your adventures in the comment section.  Cheers!