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In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

The winery: lots of space!

I’m spending a couple of days in Los Angeles in an urban winery, where my buddy Christina Rasmussen is doing vintage with Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project. Abe recently acquired this amazing facility, which – all going well with permits – will become the base for the Scholium Project. There’s a lot of space in this 19th Century building, but for now there’s just a small amount of winemaking taking place. Yesterday we processed some Chenin Blanc from Lodi using a tiny basket press – the rest of the equipment will arrive later.

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

Christina foot treading

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

Chenin Blanc

First of all the grapes are foot-trodden in plastic bins, in order to make pressing easier. Then the barrels are filled with a mixture of the juice from the bins and the pressings. Working with a small manual press like this is quite time consuming, but it’s very hands on.

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

Loading the press: it’s so tiny!

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

Christina is making her own wine here, too. It’s from a very old Palomino vineyard, and she pressed the grapes a couple of days ago. The wine is now beginning to ferment in two barrels and a demijohn.

In an urban winery in Los Angeles Jamie Goodes wine blog

Decorating the winery

I’m here today (Friday) and Saturday, but I’m not sure of the plans. I think there will be some vineyards to visit. It’s very exciting to see the early stages of this new winery. Here’s a video:

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