Improving Wines During Aging: Shea Comfort ’10


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How you handle your wine during its cellaring impacts the final wine. Sulfite levels, tannin management, oak integration and mouthfeel/structure are all keys to keep an eye on during the entire aging process. Wine consultant Shea Comfort will show you that just because the wine is in the carboy, tank or barrel doesn’t mean your job as winemaker is done yet.

Shea A.J. Comfort is a long-time amateur brewer and mead maker. Shea helped start MoreWine! in 2000. Over the next four years he did intensive fermentation research on yeast, oak, MLB, tannins and oxygen, created and taught an amateur winemaking program, educated the company staff, and created a series of technical “how-to” manuals. He has been a contract winemaker for Lallemand since 2001, creating yeast and MLB trials for them. Shea has also helped start up Sterling Albert Winery as head winemaker, has been consulting winemaker for Olin Wines for two years, and has most recently started an independent winemaking consultation business.


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