Date: Jun-Jul 2015
Marquette: A hardy cold-climate hybridMEMBERS ONLY
If you are looking for a cold-tolerant red grape, Marquette might be the varietal for you. Bred in Minnesota, this hybrid can withstand temperatures as low as -30 °F (-34 °C).
Understanding YANMEMBERS ONLY
If you want to make good homemade wine, you should learn to manage your wines’ YAN — yeast assimilable nitrogen.
Glass vs. WoodFREE
Home winemakers tend to ferment in glass carboys (big 5-gallon/19-L jars, essentially) because they are usually better-sized and more convenient to a home hobbyist than larger vessels like a 59-gallon (223-L) barrel.
Refermentation QuestionsMEMBERS ONLY
It’s hard to tell exactly what may be the issue because wines that just finish fermenting and are so young often have “funny” smells and do indeed not smell like the finished wine that you are used to buying off a shelf. It’s hard to know if you are experiencing a bacteria or yeast-caused issue.
White Film In My Wine BarrelMEMBERS ONLY
It sounds like you are doing the right thing. This is probably an aerophilic “flor” type yeast that is eating alcohol, and in the presence of air (if it was slightly untopped) decided to have a little fun in the headspace. If you don’t feel the taste or aroma are really damaged or changed, completely
Understanding “Degree Days”, White Film on Wine, and Glass vs. WoodMEMBERS ONLY
Q Is there any wine grape that can be successfully grown in an area with a heat summation of 1,200? I am near the Pacific Coast and summers are not very warm, typical 70s °F (low 20s °C), sometimes in the 80s °F (high 20s °C), but always cool at night. Some people say that
Storing Wine IngredientsMEMBERS ONLY
Make wine at home for a few years and you will probably accumulate a lot of stuff. Pieces of equipment join the collection as the needs and resources come up. Consumable supplies are not always packaged for single-use applications and the leftovers hang around. Maintenance and cleaning supplies are often cheaper in larger packages, so
Build a Backyard Vineyard SprayerMEMBERS ONLY
Parts and equipment list Trailer: Small utility trailer kit ¾-inch treated plywood decking (2) wide turf tires Spray system: 35-gallon (132-L) poly tank (2) bulkhead fittings PTO (power take off) roller pump 40-ft. (12 m) ¾-inch 300 psi sprayer hose In-line strainer 300 psi pressure regulator 200 psi pressure gauge with “T” fitting (6) sprayer
Zinfandel Wine Case StudyFREE
You’ve heard over and over the importance of taking notes during winemaking. But what do you do with those findings? Follow along with the process of professional winemaker to find out.
Starting a Winemaking ClubMEMBERS ONLY
So you truly enjoy making your own wine. You’ve been making wine for years, or maybe have just made a couple of wine kits. What’s next? Where might you learn more or gain even a higher appreciation of your hobby? Consider a winemaking club. Making wine is fun whether you like to make it alone
Making Apple Wine: Tips from the ProsMEMBERS ONLY
When life gives you apples … Get tips on making various apple wine styles from the winemakers at Door Peninsula Winery (who makes sweet and a dry, barrel-aged version), Brookview Station Winery (semi-dry) and Domaine Pinnacle (apple icewine). Paul Santoriello has been involved in all facets of the wine industry including vineyard work, research, sensory
Wine Grotto: Dry FinishFREE
In January 2013 my wife, Carole, and I moved from our rural Maryland house to a 17th floor condo in “The Century” — a new 41-story structure in Century City, Los Angeles.
Inside the Vineyard Toolshed: Backyard VinesMEMBERS ONLY
The essential tools any home viticulturist will need to stay on top of their backyard vineyard.
Understanding “Degree Days”FREE
The “Winkler Scale” or “UC Davis Heat Summation Scale,” which measures what are dubbed “degree days,” is only a rough guide to which varietals will thrive in which areas and is solely
Making Melon WineFREE
With few exceptions, melons conjure up memories of juicy, succulent sweetness that satisfies the senses on a warm summer day. Any winemaker enjoying a fully ripened culinary melon will naturally envision a