Consider performing a cold soak to extract the most color from fickle grapes.
Learn how the pros conduct bench trials to help guide your own trials at home.
Dark waters form in a homemade barrel, and a question about adding potassium sorbate to a blackberry Port wine.
Shopping for a wine kit to get a friend started in a new hobby is more than one shopper expected.
Pat Henderson, Chief Winemaker at Sonoma County, California’s famed Kenwood Vineyards, shares some universal winemaking advice that he has learned over the course of his more than 35 commercial vintages, and from his early years as a hobby winemaker.
Winemakers have to decide how long to macerate their grapes to make the best wine. But how? Too little skin contact and the wines can lack color or body; too much contact and you wind up with wines that are too bitter or astringent. Learn more about skin contact to make an informed decision.
You may have noticed the “orange wines” that have been popping up on trendy wine lists lately. These are white wines that are purposely exposed to skin contact and oxidized to produce wines that are quite orange in appearance.
Traminette is a hybrid wine grape showcasing the aromatics of Gewürztraminer but is viticulturally adaptable in regions from Illinois to New York.
Lots of home winemakers follow a similar path to making wine — you choose a grape or wine kit, do some research, and make a batch of wine. If it’s good, success! But with proper documentation and quality control, you can repeat that success again and again.
In the third installment of Wes Hagen’s series about establishing a backyard vineyard, he discusses the importance of a strong and vigorous root system.