White Wine Fermentation Decisions

Wine is far more than alcohol and grape juice. What makes the magic? Fermentation is the star. I like to drink white wine, I like to make white wine, and I like to help others make white wine, too (and I also enjoy red wines). In the nearly 20 years I have been making wine at home, I have fermented over a half dozen different white varietals. I grow Chardonnay grapes in Sonoma County, California, and make that wine every vintage. I often also buy regional grapes of other white varieties just for the fun of it. In addition, I’ve also turned another half dozen red varieties into rosé wines and almost everything I say here about whites also applies to rosés. Pre-Fermentation Decisions Before you begin fermentation, you need to make sure you have the needed equipment. If you buy fresh or frozen juice, you need just basic cellar equipment plus fermentation and aging containers. Keep in mind that each time you rack the wine, the volume will be a bit less than it was before. So you need