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Local Wineries (bottle refill)

gtrine Feb 22, 2008 03:09 PM


Other than La Nebbia in half moon bay does anyone know of any local (including napa, sonoma, st.cruz, east bay, south bay) wineries that allow you to refill your empty wine bottles?


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    DavidT RE: gtrine Feb 22, 2008 04:21 PM

    You might check with Preston winery in Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma). They sell a jug wine that they might be able to pour into your empty wine bottles.

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      baseballfan RE: gtrine Feb 22, 2008 04:28 PM

      Thomas Coyne in Livermore had a bottle your own event last weekend. You might check with them to see how often they have these type of events.

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        gtrine RE: baseballfan Feb 23, 2008 04:48 PM

        Thanks baseballfan for your suggestion. It looks like I just missed that one too! =)

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        Bodegadawg RE: gtrine Feb 22, 2008 05:39 PM

        I'd rather doubt that anybody is allowing you to fill your own bottles. I work in the wine industry, and the thought of allowing a bottle to be filled without a really good sterilization seems remote at best. Thank America and the possibility, however dim, of getting sued for that.

        1. psb RE: gtrine Feb 22, 2008 06:37 PM

          just out of curiosity, what is the point of refilling your empty bottles?
          unless you have some kind of custom label and bottle etc.

          it's not like there is a deposit and i cant believe driving to the winary makes
          this an especially green practice, unless you are under some kind of green delusion.

          anyway, just wondeirng..

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            wally RE: psb Feb 22, 2008 07:53 PM

            A great many years ago, there was a place called Mills Winery where you traded in your empty gallon jugs for full ones. Early 70's.

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              gtrine RE: psb Feb 23, 2008 04:47 PM

              Nope PSB, not delusional as far as I know. I had wanted to fill our empty bottles with local wine that we could drink on a daily basis, as opposed to hesistating on opening an expensive bottle more often than I wanted to. I tried a bottle of a La Nebbia red that my friend re-filled during one of their cork and bottle events and thought it was good enough to unwind with.

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                xanadude RE: gtrine Feb 23, 2008 05:49 PM

                For that purpose, I recommend boxed wine; it's useful for daily drinking (as you can have just one glass at a time without having to finish the bottle, etc) and significantly cheaper to manufacture and distribute. There are plenty of local daily drinkers--Black Box Wines, for example.

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                  wolfe RE: gtrine Feb 23, 2008 06:42 PM

                  How long do expect those recorked bottles to remain drinkable or are you starting a vinegar farm?

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                    wearybashful RE: wolfe Feb 26, 2008 08:10 AM

                    wolfe, if someone takes their own clean sterilized bottle and a good cork, and fills their own bottle, they are doing exactly the same thing professional bottling lines do. It's not like wine is canned or vacuum packed. Part-empty recorked bottles turn into vinegar faster because there's more air in the bottle.

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                      kenrmorris RE: wearybashful Feb 26, 2008 03:22 PM

                      That's not absolutely true. Any professional bottling line will disparge air from the bottle, then replace it with nitrogen. The corker has a vacuum and sucks the nitrogen out before the cork goes in, so there is no pressure in the bottle to push out the cork.

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                        wearybashful RE: kenrmorris Feb 26, 2008 03:24 PM

                        Thanks, kenrmorris, for correcting my misinformation.

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                          wolfe RE: wearybashful Feb 26, 2008 03:59 PM

                          Thank you kenmorris.

              2. Shane Greenwood RE: gtrine Feb 24, 2008 06:26 AM

                Just out of curiosity, what did they charge you to refill the bottle?

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                  gtrine RE: Shane Greenwood Feb 26, 2008 07:13 AM

                  Shane I believe it was less than $10/bottle at LaNebbia for one of their reds.

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                  Alan408 RE: gtrine Feb 24, 2008 08:52 AM

                  In the 70s, Cadanessos in Fairfield used to refill jugs. A gallon refill cost about the same as a fifth bottled.

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                    miss louella RE: gtrine Feb 24, 2008 01:19 PM

                    I don't know if Morgan Hill is beyond your boundaries (or even if it's included in the SF bay area board), but Guglielmo winery in Morgan Hill does the fill-your-own bottle thing. They call it "cork equity" and it's basically a big party with some wine bottle filling. (you can taste before you bottle, and they discuss each quarter's flavor profile on their web site)


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                      gtrine RE: miss louella Feb 26, 2008 07:14 AM

                      Perfect! Thanks Miss Louella. Morgan Hill is totally within our boundaries.

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