Growing & Winemaking

 

Winery Shows Off Flash Extraction

April 2010
 
by Laurie Daniel
 
Flash Detente
 
The Flash-Détente unit being trialed at California's Monterey Wine Co. custom-crush cost about $2 million installed.
Flash-Détente technology, designed to increase extraction of color from red grapes while minimizing seed tannins, was developed in France in the late 1990s. But the machinery has only recently made its way to the United States. In fall 2009, during harvest, a Flash-Détente system was installed at Monterey Wine Co. in King City, Calif. The results of the custom-crush winery’s first experiments with the system were unveiled at a presentation and tasting at the facility in mid-February.
 

 
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