Date: Feb-Mar 2003

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Fruit Flies & Hot Petite Sirah: Wine Wizard

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QI am following the recipe for tomato wine from the August-September 2002 issue. The recipe says to loosely cover the must in the primary fermenter with a plastic sheet. But after about seven days, I noticed what I call “gnats” buzzing in and around the must. Will I have to throw this batch away? And

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Do you have any suggestions for a wine that came out too “hot” with a higher than expected alcohol content?

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Blending is fine; but if you don’t have enough suitable wine to lower the alcohol to a point you like, make it into a dessert wine. When faced with a 17 percenty monstronsity, this Wine Wiz would definitely sweeten, fortify, soak a cheesecloth “teabag” of herbs and spices in the batch and maybe acidify with

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My wine has some kind of flies buzzing around the must. Do I need to throw this batch out?

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My condolences on experiencing your first visitation by the ever present, but never welcome, Drosophila melanogaster — more commonly known as the common fruit fly. These prolific and pesky little airborne bugs are the bane of not only the home winemaker, but of anyone who has left a peach to rot in the kitchen fruit

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Vineyard Questions: Backyard Vines

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D. Genasci (southern Oregon) asks: “I am harvesting Pinot Noir and am getting rather strange readings — 22 °Brix, pH of 3.4 and acid at 0.25. The grapes are grown on gravelly (basalt) clay and irrigated. The vines are showing a small amount of water stress. The leaves are green but not growing. The soil

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