Your home winemaking question answered and problems solved.
Is your wine missing something in the mouth? Does it need more body? If so, it may be that your wine's alcohol level is too low — and one way to correct that problem is to add sugar to your must or juice before fermentation. The practice is called chaptalization, and from France to the United States and beyond, it's more common than you might think!
The good life: Picking grapes with your pals.
New home winemaking products.
A heated fermentation cupboard and the ultimate equipment rack.
Ripen your crop load properly with the right balance of leaf cover.
Make a fruity nouveau wine with partial carbonic maceration.
The no-stress way to pair food with your kit wines.
The club from Cincinnati, Locktoberfest in Missouri and Uncle Giochino's tomato wine.
A dandy mistake and more maceration.
Got an itch to make a batch of wine from scratch? As the fall harvest approaches, here's our handy WineMaker guide to crushing and pressing fresh winegrapes, with step-by-step instructions, hands-on tips and techniques for reds and whites. Plus: a brief buyer's guide to crushing and pressing equipment; and tips on how to crush other fruits, like apples and berries, for tasty country wines.
Ever thought about moving your winery out of the basement and into the marketplace? Four professional vintners explain how they made the big move from home hobbyist to commercial winemaker. Plus: scenes from a start-up winery business plan, threading the regulatory maze and handy rules to remember.