A beautiful day for bottling
Cabernet Sauvignon almost ready for harvest
Don Sodaro getting ready to begin the bottling process
The first of two chambers in the wine cave, arranged to begin pumping wine into the bottling truck.
Winemaker Dawnine Dyer pulling Malbec from the barrel
Loading glass for our 2008 Felicity Cabernet Sauvignon into the bottling truck. When the process is complete, the filled bottles with exit down the shoot in full cases.
From barrel to bottle, the 2008 vintage has come full circle.
These bottles of 2008 Felicity Cabernet Sauvignon have just been filled with wine, corked, and capsuled. They move towards the exit of the bottling truck, where they will be packed in cases.
Ryan McGee's bottling crew ensures each bottle meets the highest standards of quality in packaging.
Empty glass awaits filling
After the wine bottles are filled and packed into cases, they are arranged on pallets to be stored for about 18 months while the wine continues to age.
Don Sodaro and Construction Manager Butch Chamberlain. Butch recently completed work on our amazing new Tasting Room located in the second chamber of the Wine Cave.
Cellar Master Brendan Gilbride
Butch Chamberlain and Don Sodaro's daughter Faith Sodaro Grimm
Newly filled cases of 2008 Felicity Cabernet Sauvignon exit the bottling truck
Left: Empty wine bottles move along a conveyor belt to begin the filling and sealing process
Right: After being filled and sealed, the wine bottles, now full, are repacked into cases
We've got a great crew who return each year to help us bottle each vintage. We couldn't do it without their hard work and attention to detail!
Quality Control is very important to Ryan McGee's Bottling Service, and it shows
A completed case of wine exits the bottling truck to be sealed and arranged on the next pallet.
Don and Deedee Sodaro holding the first vintage of the extremely limited and exclusive, Doti-Sodaro Cabernet Sauvignon
Don Sodaro insists each member of the bottling crew receive a sample of the finished product that they've just worked so hard on.
After a successful bottling day, Cellar Master Brendan Gilbride breaks for lunch.