Crushpad has never been able to make sparkling wine before because it requires some very specialized equipment. We’ve teamed up with Rack & Riddle, which is known for their sparkling wine production capabilities. Now you can make your very own bubbly.
Famous for producing Pinot Noir, the Russian River's marine type environmental conditions, clay soils and direct, overhead sunlight during the middle of the day help create balanced, floral Viogners and complex, deep Syrahs.
Ink Grade produces some of the most flavorful Bordeaux Varietals on Howell Mountain. A rare, terraced vineyard, Ink Grade spans 200 acres where the fruit ripens during the warm afternoons and holds the flavor during the cool and often foggy evenings.
Just like you, we here at Crushpad have been obsessing as our 401k’s sink like a stone. But we put our anxiety on hold, put on our day trading hats and figured out a way to combine winemaking and derivatives to create Bailout - a wine that is dynamically priced to balance out any pain your retirement account may be feeling.
Lone Oak Vineyard is in the northern portion of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It is relatively close to Monterey Bay, and the strong afternoon maritime breezes, along with morning fog, influence the wines toward a classically structured Pinot.
Racking is drawing the clear wine off the top of the lees (yeast cells,sediment) which settle to the bottom of barrels during aging. The process is done to clarify wines & move them to new barrels to add extra complexity
Barrel hygiene is critical to making great wine. And to guarantee that barrels get properly cleaned you need a high-pressure barrel washer. Check out "Bruce.," our new shiny dual-barrel automated barrel blasting beauty.
Sulfur plays a critical role in making wine that is stable and can stand the test of time in bottle. It is added in small amounts to almost every wine to inhibit harmful bacteria that would spoil it in the winemaking process, or in the bottle.
Crushpad's Michael Brill and Mike Zitzlaff are working with Tom Leykis to create a Big Bad Syrah from the Premier Coastal Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Tom wants a big Syrah -- one that you'll remember as the main event.
Whether you are making your own wine, or just trying to find the right bottle at a local shop, you need to be able to express to others the style of wine you are looking for. You can't get what you want if you don't know how to ask for it. Crushpad Chief winemaker Michael Zitzlaff talks with us about how to define a style of of wine.
The amount of alcohol in a wine is a key factor to how you experience that wine. Is there too much? too little? How can a wine with lower alcohol taste like it is strong or "hot"? These are all questions answered by Crushpad winemaker, Kian Tavakoli in this Winemaker's Minute.
Gary Vaynerchuk and his legion of Vayniac followers have banded together to make a Cabernet with Crushpad, the San Francisco urban winery. The Crushpad folks took a road trip to New Jersey to bring barrel samples of the Vayniac Cab to Vaynerchuk's Wine Library and have his customers give it a taste.
Some people insist on filtering, others are proud to avoid it - You decide. Most white wines are filtered prior to bottling, and some reds are. Filtering can clarify a wine so that it sparkles in your glass, but if you filter too heavily it can strip character from the wine. How do you decide what level of filtration, if any, is appropriate for your wine? Well, you ask a guy who has 25+ years experience making that call. Crushpad's Chief Winemaker, Michael Zitzlaff explains your options.
Fining can be used to clarify and soften wines. Fining is the process of clarifying and stabilizing a wine. A fining agent is mixed in to bind with particles suspended in wine that would make it appear cloudy when poured into a glass. Since fining agents are slightly heavier than wine, the bound particles precipitate out and settle to the bottom of the tank. Sometimes you might fine a wine to clean it up if it is cloudy, other times you might wish to soften the wine by precipitating out compounds that are astringent. Most red wines won't need fining but whites benefit from the process so they remain crystal clear as they age in the bottle.
Picking Syrah in the cool morning fog at Las Madres. John and Jean Painter tend this small vineyard in the Carneros AVA just north of San Pablo bay. We showed up early to catch sunrise in the vineyard on harvest day and found thick fog rolling across this beautiful vineyard. As John Painter explains in this video, Las Madres is planted to two different Syrah clones, which both lend their unique characteristics to wines from Las Madres.