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Vacuum Wine Corker

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The the purpose of this project was to minimize oxygen and achieve longer shelf life on fruit wines. One trick commercial folks use to increase shelf life is packaging under a vacuum.

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Live Chat With Jason Phelps

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Live chat with Jason Phelps (2/13/19). Join Jason in Traverse City for the 2019 WineMaker Conference where he’ll lead two all-day Boot Camps: https://winemakermag.com/conference

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WineMaker News Page

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2018 Grape Harvest Report The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is reporting that 2018 was one of the most fruitful of the last two decades worldwide after an “historically low”

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Topping Up & Oak Cubes

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Q I am a novice home winemaker and have been contemplating making the move from carboy and bottle-aging to barrel-aging some of my reds. It is my understanding that a new barrel


Wine Crystals & Wine Fridges

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Q I have been making red Zinfandel wine at home with juice concentrate. I‘ve noticed crystals forming inside and they stick to the bottle. When you shake the bottle they disappear, but

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KMBS Lifespan & Lambrusco Grapes

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Q I have a question about sanitizing. I just mixed a fresh batch of potassium metabisulfite (1.5 oz. powder to 1 gallon water) to sanitize my equipment, and this latest batch has

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15 Upcoming Wine Regions

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People tend to stick to the familiar and pleasurable in life, and while there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite Chardonnay or Zinfandel on a regular basis, remember the last time you

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Chat With Bob Peak

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Live chat with Bob Peak (1/16/19). Join Bob in Traverse City for the 2019 WineMaker Conference where he’ll lead two all-day Boot Camps: https://winemakermag.com/conference

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Grape Halos (DIY Grape Growing Stakes)

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Want to plant grapevines, but not necessarily enough to warrant a full-scale trellis and all the work and expense that goes along with it? Here are two alternative DIY projects for small-scale vineyards.


Prevent Volatile Acidity

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Volatile acidity (VA) is a flaw that can ruin the aroma of a wine. Explore what exactly VA is, why it is such a problem, and techniques to avoid VA in the future.

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2019 Label Contest Winners

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View all of the winning labels from WineMaker’s 19th annual label contest.


Dessert Wines

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Perfect for after-dinner treats, dessert wines are some of the most complex wines in the world. Get tips for making your own icewine, Sherry-style, and Port-style wines at home.

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Recipes of Burgundy

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If you’ve ever visited Burgundy, France, then you likely know all about how important pairing the right wine and food dish are. Here, we share recipes for a three-course meal as well as their perfect pairings for your Burgundian-style wines.

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The Winemakers’ Renaissance

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Home winemakers are living in the golden age of the hobby. One reader sits down to reflect on the great resources that are available to those of us who appreciate the joys of crafting wine at home.

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Vine Budbreak: Early season tips

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For viticulturalists, the time between budbreak and bloom is often a time to let the vines do their thing. But Wes Hagen explains that a little maintenance and care in this growth phase can save grape growers lots of time and hassle later in the year.

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Stable Sémillon

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Sémillon is a grape variety that is used to produce some of the great white wines of Bordeaux. Learn about what makes this grape so versatile and one that breaks the conception that white wine should be consumed young.

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Avoiding The Winemaker’s Pitfalls

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Learn key tips to avoid common winemaking pitfalls.


Gum Arabic, Chilled Reds, and Pinot Noir Advice

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A reader wonders about the usefulness of gum arabic in their winemaking process. The Wiz also talks about chilled red wines, the ups and downs of Pinot Noir, and increasing mouthfeel in your wines.

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Chat with Alex Russan

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Chat with Alex Russan (12/12/2018) Thanks everyone for coming out, and special thank you to Alex Russan for answering everyone’s questions! You can also join Alex on May 16 in Traverse City,

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Chat with Chik Brenneman

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Live Chat with Chik Brenneman, which took place on November 14, 2018.

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2018 Backyard Vine Directory

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Grow your own grapes? Thinking of starting a backyard vineyard? Now is the time to plan your spring. Here is a list of suppliers where you can purchase grapevines and/or supplies for


Top 100 Wine Kits of 2018

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Nearly 700 wines made from kits were entered into more than 30 different categories and judged in the 2018 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. So which kits made the best wines? Here are the top 100 scoring wine kits according to the judges.

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Get Crystal Clear About Filtration

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If you want to serve a crystal clear and microbial stable wine, it will require filtration. Explore the “how” and “why” of wine filtration, along with the equipment needed to do it.

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Wine Kit Tweaks

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One of the best things about wine kits is that they are relatively easy to make into great tasting wine if you just follow the directions. However, once you’ve mastered that skill, you may be tempted to tweak the instructions or ingredients to customize your wine more to your liking.

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Aperitifs

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When you make your own aperitif wines at home — such as sweet and dry vermouth — you can then make your own cocktails with them. Learn the basics of making these drinks, plus three cocktail recipes sure to appease even your guests who aren’t wine drinkers.