Are different crusher destemmers recommended for specific types of grapes? Or should the type of machine I buy be independent of the varietals I'm using?

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Crusher/Destemmers are not designed for specific varietals.  If you are planning on crushing varietals with thin skin, however, such as pinot noir, then you may want to consider purchasing a crusher/destemmer with a rubber roller instead of an aluminum roller.  A rubber roller has deep grooves that allow it to give a lighter crush to the grapes, so with thin skin varieties this reduces the risk of skin litter in the batch.  For the most part, however, any crusher/destemmer will do the job perfectly well independent of the varietals.
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