Winery Shovel

Description
This white plastic shovel was used by cellar staff at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (SLWC) in Napa, California, during harvest and crush in the 1990s to clean pomace out of the bottom of the fermentation tanks, once the juice had been removed. Pomace is the solid material—grape skins, seeds, and stems—that remains in the tank. It is shoveled out by a worker who must crawl inside the big tank to remove it all. At SLWC, the pomace was shoveled into a plastic “Brute” container (objects 1998.0181.02) and wheeled to the press for another pressing, or dumped into a truck to be taken back to the vineyard as compost.
Object Name
Shovel, Winery
Physical Description
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 95 cm x 26.5 cm x 19.4 cm; 37 3/8 in x 10 7/16 in x 7 5/8 in
ID Number
1998.0181.01
accession number
1998.0181
catalog number
1998.0181.01
subject
Wine
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition
Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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