Riddling racks were used in France in the method champnoise where bottles were held upside down during the fermentation process.
This rack is perfect decor for holding your bottles of wine with 120 slots.
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What is riddling?
Riddling is generally only required with sparkling wines developed using the traditional Champagne method. According to Wine Spectator, the fermentation process happens within each botttle and sediment is formed as a byproduct. If the bottle is left for a long period of time, sediment will stick to the sides and make it look unappealing. However, simply shaking the bottle would cause the sediment to cloud the wine. Therefore, winemakers leave Champagne in racks with the neck tilted downward, allowing gravity to push the sediment toward the cork. Every couple weeks, the bottle is riddled (twisted) in both directions and tilted at a more severe angle until all of the sediment is collected in one spot. At this stage, the layer of sediment is removed. The winery Premier Cru notes that sediment can alter the taste of sparkling wine and visually make it less desirable.
In traditional wineries, a person known as a riddler does this by hand to as many as 40,000 bottles each day. The technical term for this is called a manual remuage, according to The Comité Champagne, although machines are becoming an increasingly common method of riddling bottles (automated remuage). However, some wineries still keep a master riddler on hand, and these specialists are known for their breakneck speed since they turn several thousand bottles each hour.
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