Date: Aug-Sep 2011

Aug/Sept 2011 issue

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The Safety of Brass Fittings

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AYou might be encouraged to know that brass fittings have a long and storied history in winemaking. In fact, if you travel the back roads of Europe and poke your head into


Off Odors, Port-Style Wines, and Brass Fittings

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QI recently bottled a batch of Cabernet Sauvignon, which tastes fine but has an off odor. I keep all my notes and regularly follow the same procedures. I buy my juice already

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Determining Ripeness

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Determining when grapes are ready to harvest is one of the most important decisions of the entire vintage. Here’s what to look for.

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Merlot: Noble grape of Bordeaux

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. . . Merlot is the most common grape variety grown in France with about 280,000 acres.

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I am new to homemade winemaking and I want to begin making Port-style wines.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of fortified winemaking! Making Port-style dessert wines is really fun. One of the side benefits of making these types of wines is that fortified wines are typically


I recently bottled a batch of Cabernet Sauvignon, which tastes fine but has an off odor.

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I wish I could help you out with your off-odor issue a little bit more than I think I’ll be able to. Because you didn’t include many details about what your off

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Buying Fresh Grapes

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If you are lucky enough to live on the West Coast of the United States, near a winegrowing region, getting grapes is relatively easy. However, living on the East Coast — or anywhere that is not near an established viticultural area — does not mean you cannot get quality wine grapes. Here are some keys to success when buying grapes shipped from a distant location.


Understanding Yeasts

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Without yeast, there can be no wine. But the role of wine yeast goes well beyond alcoholic fermentation — the biochemical process of converting sugar into ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yeast


Choosing A Wine Yeast Strain

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Yeast selection is one of the most important winemaking decisions as the chosen yeast strain is, to a large extent, what shapes the wine, influences organoleptic (sensory) qualities, and reduces the risk


Urban Growth: Dry Finish

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Chris Henry in his San Diego “Urban Microvineyard.” The yard looks great. What are those?” inquires a woman from the sidewalk, looking in the direction of my four vibrant green grapevines. “Those


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