CANCELLED: AM fermentation maintenance

7:00 am-10:00 am

This is a morning punchdown/wine maintenance shift. You can let yourself in and do it any time between 7-10am as long as it gets done in the morning. All Garagistes must sign up for at least one punchdown/wine maintenance shift, so if this window of time looks good to you, grab it!


First, give the video above a look-see. It’s a bigger-than-life (well, okay, exactly as big as life) walk-through of the entire process, complete with tips, tricks and pulse-pounding slo-mo action!

A punchdown guide – updated for 2020 with a new back door code – is also in a downloadable PDF here. But feel free to arrange a time with Matt for an in-person (and masked) tutorial – just give him 24 hours’ notice.

If there’s a plastic cover on a fermenter, how best to put it back on? Check out this quick video.


  • Please text with Matt the night before your shift for any special instructions: 503-381-0066
  • You’ll only work on the RED wine(s) downstairs. You can leave the Viognier (by the back door) alone.
  • The quality of our wine is dependent on the care we take, so since you’ll only have one wine to do, take a little extra time to do the job right and leave everything better than when when you found it.
  • To help remember your shift, please download the “iCal” link in the confirmation email – that’ll insert this event right into the calendar of your choice.
  • The back door can be a little sticky, but if you lift up slightly as you lock or unlock, it should engage. If you just can’t lock it, just text Matt and he’ll take care of it.

COVID-19 NOTE: If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sudden loss of sense of smell, PLEASE STAY HOME and we’ll find someone else to take your shift. Otherwise, you’ll be punching down solo, so you’ll have the basement to yourself, but please a mask anyway, and consider keeping the back door open for a little air circulation.

Who's signed up so far:

This event is fully booked.

  • Astrid Persans

COVID-19 NOTE: Vaccinated or not, if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sudden loss of sense of smell, PLEASE STAY HOME.

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