The Blend action is used for combining two or more lots together to create a new wine lot or a new composition of an existing lot.
This article covers:
- How to create a Blend task in a work order
- How to record a Blend direct action
- Frequently Asked Questions
WARNING: You cannot use a Blend action to perform a Blend and Return (ie removing volume from vessels to blend multiple lots and then returning the volume to the same vessels). If you wish to record a Blend and Return, please follow the instructions in this post.
Blend task in a work order
1. Select the first lot to blend from the dropdown list or the lot picker
2.1. Select all or only some vessels from the lot
2.2. Adjust the gallons to remove from each vessel. If you are not depleting the full volume of the lot, make sure to double check the gallons removed from each vessel.
3. Select additional lots to blend and follow the same instructions as above
4. Select an existing lot or create a new lot for the Final Blend.
5. Choose to let cellar staff choose vessels or choose specific vessels to fill.
See the WARNING at the top of this page about filling vessels with contents. You can choose vessels that currently have contents if 1) another action or work order to empty those vessels is submitted prior to the completion of this Blend task and 2) that vessel is not already selected as a drain vessel in the same work order task.)
For example, Lot A and Lot B are getting blended into Lot X. Lot A is in Tank 1 at the time that the work order is written. Before the Blend work order is started, the entire volume in Tank 1 is transferred to Tank 5. Tank 1 is now empty and is selected as "removed" from the blend lot. Tank 1 is still not available to fill with the final blend because it was previously selected as a drain vessel.
Our best recommendation is to select "let cellar staff choose vessels" for the final blend, allowing them to select any available vessel at the time of the blend.
6. Choose to save or discard the lees and check the final summary before creating the work order.
Record a Blend direct action
To record a Blend as a direct action, follow steps 1-4 as outlined above for work order tasks.
5.1. Select your vessel(s). See the WARNING at the top of this page about filling vessels that are currently filled in InnoVint (i.e. recording a 'Blend and Return').
5.2 Double check the gallons Added and the Ending Fill of the vessel(s) before you record the action.
Q. Can I blend a lot weighed in tons?
No. The Blend action is specific to wine/juice lots measured in volume. To "blend" lots currently measured in tons, use the Process to Tons action to process multiple fruit lots together, or to process a fruit lot into an existing juice lot in tonnage. You can also record a Weight Transfer.
Q. Can I blend one or more lots into a vessel with contents?
Yes, but we don't recommend it! If you are blending one or more lots into an existing lot, we recommend using the Rack or Transfer actions/tasks. Each lot is racked or transferred separately to capture any gains and losses on the correct lot.
Q. If I save the lees, how does that affect the final blend composition?
Any lees, whether saved or discarded, will have the same varietal composition as the final blend and will be proportionally subtracted from the final blend gallonage.
Q. How do I only use some barrels in the blend? and leave some barrels out?
When selecting your vessels, click on the blue text 'Select vessels', instead of checking the 'All vessels' box. You can also remove only a portion of the contents of a vessel by typing in the correct volume from the 'Removed' box.