The wise one answers your winemaking questions.
Learn why Backyard Vines columnist Wes Hagen says" Terroir without a farmer is just a chunk of dirt." And take a harvest-time quiz to see how well you took care of your vineyard this past year.
Find out what volatile acidity (VA) is, what causes it, plus the methods for measuring and controlling it in your home winery.
An Ontario winemaker, a great gadget and a California club. Plus: a beginner's guide to measuring and correcting acidity
Need a more accurate test for SO2? The aeration-oxidation method determines the concentration to plus or minus 2 mg/L.
How ripe is too ripe? Find out how to time your harvest plan to match your winemaking goals.
Got grapes? Give the skins a second chance by adding them to a wine kit, where they can boost the color and tannins.
From California to Chablis to Champagne, one grape varietal is the king of the white vinifera -- Chardonnay.
A Washingtonian, some Ontarionians and a guy who crushes a ton. Plus a look at keeping a winemaking journal.
The word on water in our country wine recipes, a concern with blending calculations and two wine kit questions.
Botrytis cinerea is a fungal blight that thrives in moist climates. When certain white grapes are infected, however, the resulting rot is truly noble.
The fungus Brettanomyces inhabits most commercial wineries and may be in your garage, too. "Brett" contributes to wine spoilage, but -- in just the right amounts -- can add a note of complexity that is found in many high-scoring wines.
Learn about the location, climate and history of Burgundy, and how the unique terroir contributes to the world-class wines of the region. Plus: Making Burgundy-style wines at home