Napa-based professional winemaker Alison Crowe has answered hundreds of questions in her decade long role as WineMaker’s popular “Wine Wizard”. But certain common themes and mistakes have run through all those years of troubleshooting problems for hobby winemakers. Find out her top 5 winemaking mistakes to avoid culled from answering so many pleas for help over the years.
Alison Crowe has led a secret double life since 1998 as professional winemaker by day and “Wine Wizard” columnist for WineMaker by night. She has answered hundreds of winemaking questions for readers over the years and a collection of her columns was recently released as “The Winemaker’s Answer Book” by Storey Publishing. Alison earned an Enology degree from University of California at Davis before winemaking stints at Byington Winery, Bonny Doon Vineyards as well as Bodegas Salentein in Argentina. She is currently a Napa-based winemaker for Plata Wine Partners with a collection of vineyards around California.