ArticleEvolution of a Wine & Its MakerWritten by Joseph SallustioI just bottled my 2013 Valdepena. If you’re wondering why I would wait two and a half years to bottle, let me start by saying that I don’t normally do that, but I was in no hurry either. Once you know what you are doing it’s pretty easy to make more than you will drink in a year so the wine cellar fills up. That “know what you are doing” part can be a little tricky, especially for home winemakers just getting into the hobby. If you aren’t part of a winemaking club or don’t have access to people who you know make good wine (defined as wines you really like) to ask advice from, you still have options and ways to improve your winemaking — you just need to train your tongue. Your tongue is the best piece of test equipment you will ever have once it’s trained. For me, that tongue training started with my first Valdepena I ever made. That was about 20 years ago. I was pretty new to winemaking and was making wine from pails ofAlready a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article FREE Complementing Food: Teaching winemaking to young chefs The culinary world and hobby winemaking collide in an upstate New York college campus where one man’s mission is to introduce the winemaking hobby to chefs-in-training. Article FREE Ferment It All! Attack of the Juicy Juice boxes What would you do if your kids brought home Juicy Juice boxes every day, but never drank them? One man decided to ferment it all!