Harvest is Coming! Is This the Year to Make Your Own Wine at Judd's Hill MicroCrush? : Sign-up Deadline is September 1

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Have you ever dreamed of being a Napa Valley winemaker? Want to be part of the huge growing trend of personalization…which has also affected the world of winemaking? Consumers have many options today for making their own wines, which then can be shown off while entertaining or gift-giving. There’s a Napa Valley provider of this service: since 1992, Judd’s Hill MicroCrush has helped clients from around the country make small lots, as little as one barrel, of hand-crafted customized wine. To ensure an ample supply of grapes, the winery is asking for prospective clients to contact winemaker Judd Finkelstein by September 1 (info@napamicrocrush.com) to sign up for this year’s harvest. The timeframe for making your own wine at MicroCrush begins with harvest this fall (approximately October) and extends through at least an eight month period for white wine and up to a 24-month timeframe for Cabernet Sauvignon.

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I have enormous respect for the complexity of the process and for the ease and good humor with which Judd and Art guided me through it.

Whether you own a vineyard or live in a big city, MicroCrush gives wine enthusiasts a fun, affordable way to craft their own Napa Valley wine in the heart of this world famous winemaking region. The service is all-inclusive, from fruit sourcing through bottling, and clients can participate as much or as little as they like. In addition to working with individuals, MicroCrush has helped launch small commercial brands.

The winemakers behind MicroCrush, Art Finkelstein and his son Judd, are the founders of Whitehall Lane Winery and Judd's Hill, 30-year veterans of Napa Valley winemaking.

"Making my own wine at MicroCrush was one of the most fulfilling and exciting experiences I've ever had," commented client Tom Alfred of San Francisco. "I have enormous respect for the complexity of the process and for the ease and good humor with which Judd and Art guided me through it."

With long-time grower relationships, the Finkelsteins source premium fruit from some of Napa Valley's most prestigious vineyards. Or – if a MicroCrush client is a grape grower – then your own grapes may be used. Clients choose which aspects of the winemaking experience in which they wish to be involved hands-on – from picking and sorting the grapes to designing their own labels. Opportunities are provided to taste and discuss the wine's progress with the winemakers. MicroCrush takes care of all technical aspects including wine analysis and label approval.

For those with limited time, Judd's Hill MicroCrush Bottle Blending Day Camp is a personalized half-day winemaker-directed blending session that can be scheduled with only 24 hours' notice. Clients create their own Bordeaux-style blend before it is hand-bottled with a personalized label and ready to take home the same day – perfect for groups of six to twelve. Three, six and twelve bottle as well as full barrel quantities are available.

Judd's Hill is located at 2332 Silverado Trail and is open for tours and tastings by appointment daily. For more information, call 707/255-2332, email info@napamicrocrush.com, or visit http://www.napamicrocrush,com or http://www.juddshill.com.

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