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Aug-Sep 2024

Wine Wizard
Wine Wizard

Browning in Red Wines

There’s the old saw about the sow’s ear and the silk purse. It reminds me of my old adage of “never blend a loser,” which admonishes readers against blending bad wine into

Wine Wizard
Wine Wizard

MLF Test Strips

You are right, at WineMaker magazine we typically don’t want to advertise one product over another. That being said, we are always open to new advances and products that help our readers.

Wine Wizard
Wine Wizard

Maple Wine

Maple sap is a great source of natural sugar and certainly qualifies as home winemaking material. What is less certain, as you’ve found out, is how much of those subtle maple aromas

Technique
Technique

Using Dry Ice

Dry ice has numerous applications for the home winemaker who needs to chill their must or juice without watering it down. Learn more about the many uses and safety precautions when dealing with carbon dioxide in its frozen form.

Technique
Technique

Get the Most From Harvest Numbers

While taste should drive many decisions, the numbers can’t be ignored. Chik Brenneman shares the ideal statistics he looks for at harvest and what numbers outside of this range mean when the grapes enter the winery.

Article
Article

Master the Backyard Harvest

Wes Hagen lays out last-minute advice to maximize this make-or-break day as home viticulturists gear up for harvest.

Article
Article

Sourcing Grapes from Grape Suppliers

Buying grapes from a supplier allows access to varieties from regions of the world that would otherwise be inaccessible to home winemakers. We lay out seven critical points to consider before making your purchase.

Article
Article

Sourcing Grapes Directly from Vineyards

Going directly to the source to buy your grapes from local vineyards allows home winemakers to work with grapes harvested the same day, though it requires a lot of legwork at the quantities amateurs are after. Get advice to make the task easier.

Article
Article

Easy-Drinking Fermented Beverages

Interested in trying a new type of fermentation? Try your hand at three easy-drinking, low-alcohol drinks that hit the spot in the summer sun or after a long day of harvesting: Tepache, ginger beer, and kefir soda.

Article
Article

2024 WineMaker Magazine Conference

Local wine professionals, industry experts, and top winemaking hobbyists gathered in the birthplace of American wine — Charlottesville, Virginia — to lead days of seminars and events at the 2024 WineMaker Magazine Conference.

Article
Article

Browning in Red Wines, MLF Test Strips, & Maple Wine

The Wine Wizard fields questions on eliminating (and avoiding) browning in red wines, malolactic fermentation test strips, and techniques for making wine from maple sap.

Article
Article

Black Muscat

Black Muscat first gained popularity in France and is gaining steam in California due to its great aromatics and versatility. Whether turning it into a red table wine, dry rosé, dessert wine, or even grappa, Black Muscat is a unique grape to consider.

Article
Article

Wine-Infused Coffee

Wine and coffee have a lot in common. Variety, growing conditions, terroir, and technique in the process of turning the raw material into the beverages we start our mornings with or end our evenings with play a huge role in the final outcome. Brothers who make wine and roast their own coffee found a unique way to combine the two with wine-infused coffee.

Article
Article

School of Thought

With so many wine certification programs available, how do you know which may be the best fit for you? We break down some of the differences in four of the most popular.