This year’s WineMaker Magazine Conference was held in Santa Barbara, California — and what a conference it was.
This annual event just keeps getting better and better each year with the many seminars, exhibitors showcasing their latest products, boot camps, workshops, and so much more. But what I specifically look forward to is the camaraderie of amateur winemakers who proudly haul their precious bottles of wine to share with others. It’s true that wine brings people together, and the conference’s setting is just the perfect place to share wine and exchange winemaking stories with fellow winemakers.
During these exchanges, I’m often asked to give my opinion on one’s wines. And you know me: I tell it like it is.
Year after year, I am impressed by the vastly improving quality of homemade wines. Many could rival commercial wines. And I’m also very pleased with the quality of kit wines, increasingly more indiscernible from their fresh juice and grape counterparts....