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New project in Napa, Brut Custom Crush

Posted on April 17, 2018

It may be easier for small producers to enter the bubbly market.

Christian Troussieux, of Napa-based Brut Bottling, on Monday announced the creation a new custom crush service for sparkling wine. The new business, Brut Custom Crush, serves clients that want to produce 200 to 100,000 cases of sparkling wine.

Brut Custom Crush is a partnership between The Wine Foundry, a custom-crush facility in Napa; Craig Roemer, a former winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards and a consultant based in Petaluma; and Troussieux’ Brut Bottling, a mobile bottling service, according to Troussieux. Brut Custom Crush, located near The Wine Foundry in south Napa, also offers storage for its sparkling wine clients.

“There was a need for it,” Troussieux said Monday. “It’s such a growing market,” he said, of the sparkling wine industry.

Brut Custom Crush is geared for boutique wineries that may not have the cash to invest into sparkling wine production, according to the company. “This opens the door for them,” Roemer, who first produced sparkling wine in 1986.

Wineries that rely on Direct-to-Consumer sales may also sell a specialty product like sparkling wine. “It helps diversify a winery,” Roemer said.

Steve Ryan, general manager at The Wine Foundry, said there really was no viable alternative for small wineries or private collectors wanting to produce small lots of sparkling wine.

The Wine Foundry has the equipment and the space to receive the fruit for sparkling wine clients. Most of that fruit is picked in August – before the fruit for red wines is picked. The company, which moved from Sonoma to Napa in 2014, primarily produces red wine.

Ryan and Roemer noted that Troussieux’ mobile bottling line makes Brut Custom Crush available to wineries outside the Wine Country.

Producers who want to enter the sparkling wine market have been hard pressed over the years to find a custom crush facility in the North Bay. One such facility is Rack and Riddle.

Rack and Riddle produces sparkling wine at its Healdsburg facility. “There’s been steady growth” said Bruce Lundquist, managing member at Rack and Riddle and a former general manager at J Vineyards.

Troussieux’ other businesses include VinPure, a mobile Velcorin service.


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