MISSION CELLARS WINERY
Newsletter for October 2022
Here's what's happening at the winery
Here's a picture (below) of Trent checking the "Brix" (pronounced "Bricks") of the wine. That's a French word that describes the sugar content that we monitor during processing. Fermentation is where yeast eats the sugar in the grapes and produces alcohol as a by-product. The brix content is high when we start and gets lower as the yeast consumes the sugar. Conversely, the alcohol content rises and eventually kills off the yeast completing the fermentation process. That's some interesting chemistry. Trent charts the brix content, and other things, to make sure fermentation is proceeding properly.
I don't want to get you too excited about the current batches, because it'll be a couple years before we're able to drink those wines. It's interesting that white wines ferment for 5 to 10 days, then the juice sits in a settling vessel, matures for 3 to 6 months and is ready to drink. With red wine, it's different and a longer process. After 5 to 10 days of fermentation, the skins are pressed to get the juice released for maturation. Red wine sits in a settling vessel for a few months and is then pumped into oak barrels where it'll sit for 2 to 3 years. Red wine is much more complex than white wine, and therefore, requires more time to develop.
Just know that Trent and Peter keep a close eye on the wine that you'll be enjoying down the road. It's a labor of love. Thank you Gents!
Grapes before crush
These are grapes that just entered the back gate. Crushing is next for them.
Here he is testing the Brix content of the grapes in this Micro Bin.
These grapes are fermenting. You don't see the juice because it settles to the bottom of the bin.
Heard at the winery.........
Friday, Oct. 21st, 4-8pm
14053 Midland Road
It's time for Chillin and Grillin again, and Mission Cellars is ready! You do the "Chiilin" and we'll do the "Grillin." What could be better than a fresh grilled burger and a glass of wine? The burgers from Filhart Beef are farm raised beef from Greg's family in Michigan and they are DELISH! You won't find better quality or tastier meats anywhere! And you already know about the great wines at Mission Cellars! Burger Night is always a busy night and all of your friends will be there.
This is an open event so anyone can attend. No RSVP is required. We hope to see you there.
October 2nd - The Eichor Trio
October 9th - The Push Pins
October 16th - The Resonators
October 23rd - Younger Cole Band
October 30th - Jim Bianchi
The music will be playing from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Sunday afternoon's, so come out to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio with some great entertainment. There's NO COVER CHARGE and we're open to everyone. You're welcome to bring food or you can order it from the local restaurants, right from our patio. The Hop Stop, Smokin Js, The Hamburger Factory and Wholly Crepes are all available for food service. Food and wine are meant to go together so let's eat, drink and be merry!
Thank you for supporting our music program and our musicians.
We appreciate your patronage at The Mission.
"STRINGS AND VINES" GUITAR LESSONS
Do you sing in the shower? Would you like to learn to play the guitar? Mission Cellars can help you with that.
MIke Slayen is one of the musicians who plays for you at The Mission on Sunday's. He's giving adult lessons for a suggested donation of $15 for an hour lesson (7 to 8PM). This is a group setting with small groups of 5 or 6 people and one lesson given at the winery each month. Please bring your own guitar.
The next one will be held on Thursday, October 20th from 7 to 8PM. The sessions are intended for beginners or for those who would just like to brush up on skills. Arrangements can be made with Mike directly.
SIP SAN DIEGO
FALL TASTING EVENT
"SIP San Diego" is holding their annual Fall Tasting Event at the Escondido City Hall . It's an outdoor event from 5 to 8PM on Thursday, November 10th. Here's the write up from SIP San Diego:
Join us and more than 12 other San Diego urban wineries, meaderies and cideries at SIP San Diego’s Fall Tasting Event on Thursday, November 10th! Because you’re a Mission Cellars customer, we’re giving you exclusive access to discounted tickets before they’re on sale to the public. The link below will lead you to tickets for $59 for a limited time, and general admission tickets for $79. Don’t miss out!
Here's the link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-san-diego-fall-tasting-event-tickets-420678208847
You can also use this URL: SIPSanDiego.eventbrite.com
Sounds like a GREAT event! See you there!
Old Poway Park Events
The park will also be holding it's Once Upon a Hallowe'en on Friday, October 29th. There will be a Haunted House, some carnival games and train rides around the park. Sounds like a spooky good old time to me!
Mission Cellars will be open during both of those events. We'll be handing out treats for the kids and you adults can get a glass of wine for your own celebration. Trick or Treat Friends!
The Rendezvous is a weekend camp out.
The Wizard has arrived for a treat. Great costume!
Right at home
This gentleman is comfy in his home tent. He'll be cooking up some vittles in a few minutes.