Seyval Blanc can be made in a fruity, crisp style for early drinking, or
in a more austere style, like many Chardonnays. The variety also lends
itself well to making dessert wines and sparkling wines. And, perhaps
the best asset of all, Seyval Blanc is an outstanding blending wine that
enhances whatever variety with which it is matched. Whether you buy
Seyval Blanc grapes or juice, the prices are usually much lower than for
other premier varieties.
The French hybrid Seyval Blanc is “the Chardonnay of East Coast vineyards.”
If you have a pressure vessel, you too can make sparkling icewine.
Anyone who can make a clean white wine and knows a bit about secondary fermentation can whip up a killer Champagne-style wine.
The Wizard tells the tale of two tables — why Brix to specific gravity to potential alcohol charts sometimes differ. Also, questions on making wine from sugar cane.
Sweet tips from two pros on how to make wonderful dessert wines.
Once dismissed as a humble workhorse grape, the popularity of Zinfandel has surged in recent years. Though White Zin helped spark interest in this versatile varietal, its most devoted advocates prefer Zin as a bright, fruit-forward, dry red table wine. Alison Crowe walks you through the steps of making great red Zin at home, from selecting the grapes to bottling. Plus: an interview with the Zin master, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood.
With today's high-quality kits, you can make terriffic dessert wine at home and, with a little tweaking, give the finished product a unique touch.
A rundown of all the various methods employed in the production of sparkling wines around the world.
The pride of France's Condrieu region is still experiencing a bit of an identity issue in the New World.
You have many options when it comes to making a rosé. Learn the techniques here.