Winemaker Lab: Testing for Malolactic Bob Peak ’10


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Carrying out a malolactic fermentation is not difficult, but you need to know how to monitor the progress to be a successful winemaker. Here is your chance to get step-by-step instructions of paper chromatography to track MLF progress in your wine.

Bob Peak, Partner in The Beverage People, a home winemaking and homebrewing shop in Santa Rosa, California, planted his backyard hobby vineyard in 1999.  Before joining The Beverage People in 2003, he was general manager at Vinquiry, a wine testing laboratory in Windsor, California.  As a home winemaker, Bob’s most recent award was a silver medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for his 2006 Chardonnay.  Bob holds a degree in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and has pursued additional studies in grapes and wine at Santa Rosa Junior College and the UC Davis Extension.


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