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Fresh Grape Supplier Directory

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Looking for fresh grapes this harvest season? Here is a list of select fresh grape vendors you can purchase grapes from. Brehm VineyardsUnderwood, Washington and San Francisco, California Collinwood Grape CompanyCleveland, Ohio

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Live Chat with Christina Musto

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Live Chat with Christina Musto, which took place on August 14, 2019.

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5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I’ve been making wine for about a year now and I’m wondering if you’d be willing to help me out with a wrap-up of some of your winemaking wisdom.

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Cork Questions: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I’ve heard both “yes” and “no” on soaking corks before bottling. All of the commercial wineries I’ve visited don’t soak their corks before bottling. Can you set us straight


Pressing Cherries & Yeast Life: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have made 2.5-gallon batches of pin cherry wine. Without a recipe to go by, I used my old standby: Chokecherry recipe of 20 plus years. It makes excellent

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Sediment Fallout & Off-odors: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made a Concord wine about nine months ago and bottled it for Christmas. I put gelatin in it twice to remove sediment and to clear up my wine.

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Live Chat with Alison Crowe

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Live Chat with Alison Crowe, which took place on July 24, 2019.

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2019 WineMaker Conference Recap

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Hundreds of hobby winemakers came to Traverse City, Michigan from May 16 to 19 for our 12th annual WineMaker Magazine Conference. The conference featured local professional Northern Michigan winemakers, WineMaker writers, industry


Design a Wine Cellar

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Although most bottles of wine you purchase in the store are sold ready-to-drink, wines made with certain grapes can and will improve with age. That’s not the case for home winemakers, whose

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At Home in the Wine Lab

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Over the course of an individual’s early experiences as a home winemaker, one will have a few pitfalls and batches that may not be “quite right.” Wines may be perceived as out

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2019 WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition Recap

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From April 12 to 14, 2019, a total of 2,305 different wines were judged at the Grand Summit Lodge and Conference Center at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont. This year’s


Benefit From Judge Feedback

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Why do we subject our wines to competitions? Is it for the professional feedback? Is it for the tasting notes? Is it for the bragging rights? Regardless of your reason to enter


Chat With Jack Keller

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Live Chat with Jack Keller, which took place on June 25, 2019.

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Flat & Sweet: Wine Wizard

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, QMy pear wine is watery and flat, I have already bottled it. Is there anyway to save it? It was my first attempt at winemaking and I don’t know what went

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Chateau Latif Vineyard: An oasis on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

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A vineyard located in the middle of Manhattan? We had to investigate. Learn about Latif Jiji and the unique vineyard that he planted and has managed now for 42 years in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Getting Hardcore with Apples

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Get some basic pointers for making hard cider or apple wine.


Get groovy with Grüner Veltliner

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Towards the end of the fall 2018 harvest I was looking for a little respite in my calendar, and I came across an appointment scheduled for a Friday night in late November

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Determining Ageability, Wine Chemistry, Decanting Advice, and Knocking Down Rot

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QI’ve got a red Bordeaux-style blend with the following stats: Aged 28 months in French and American oak, with these numbers: Alcohol — 13.8%; Free SO2 — 37 mg/L; Total SO2 —

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Chat with Pat Henderson

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Live Chat with Pat Henderson, which took place on May 22, 2019.

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Chat With Pamela Zorn

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Live Chat with Pamela Zorn, which took place on March 13, 2019.

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Screw Caps and Fruit Wines: Wine Wizard

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Cap recycling QCan I reuse bottles with screw on caps for bottling wine? Jim Neumeistervia email AWhat you describe, reusing commercial screwcap wine bottles for subsequent bottlings, is something no commercial winery

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Alternative Sweeteners, Pomace Compost, and Stuck Fermentations: Wine Wizard

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QI grow and make Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in southwest Idaho. The season is intense but short. In order to reach decent ripeness (~25 °Brix), I have been growing with a very

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Chardonnay Choices, Fruit Wines: Wine Wizard

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I have 7 gallons (26 L) of 2009 Chardonnay made from home-grown grapes. This was my first year of production from these vines and I did not use oak or MLF. Fermentation

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Testing options for pH and TA, Yeast choice for a fruit wine: Wine Wizard

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Barrel tests QCan you tell me what I really need to handle one to one and a half barrels of juice annually? The TA and pH kits that I have seen are

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2019 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results!

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OVER 2,300 HOMEMADE WINES, CIDERS, AND MEADS WERE RECENTLY JUDGED IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST COMPETITION FOR HOBBY WINEMAKERS! RESULTS ARE HERE! Year after year the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the