Topic: Home Winemaking Stories

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Going Pro: Is the time and money worth It?

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In our annual Reader Survey, hobby winemakers looking to go pro
usually account for about 1 in 5 readers. Here is the story of one
couple who made the leap and some of the details about how they’re making it work.

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Save The Wine! An endurance challenge

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Winemakers are known to sacrifice a lot in their pursuit to craft a quality wine. One winemaker found herself faced with an endurance challenge worthy of the show “Survivor” in order to save her babies (wines).


Rosehip Wine: My crown of thorns

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A common sight in the coastal communities throughout the northeastern part of the U.S. and Canada, rugosa roses produce a rosehip that is commonly made into jam. One adventurous spirit opted to try making wine with it.


Master of Technology: Tips for taking your club virtual

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Everyone misses in-person wine events and club meetings. However, the rise of virtual event and gathering platforms comes with some unique benefits. One winemaking club offers advice to other clubs after a year of hosting virtual events and fun, virtual get-togethers.


The Cozzarelli Legacy: A family steeped in winemaking

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Twenty years ago his dad was featured here in the pages of WineMaker magazine. But now that he has joined the ranks of home winemakers it’s his turn to talk about his drive to make his own wine.


The Leaker: An old friend comes back

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Port wines are famous for being able to last for decades, even centuries. But what about a failing country fruit wine that a winemaker tries to save by fortifying it? Here is a story of being reunited with such a wine 36 years later.

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Competitions Help WineMakers

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Having your wines judged at a competition can provide meaningful feedback, although it may not always make you feel great about your skills when the comments are critical. One man polled his winemaking club to get their feedback about entering wine competitions.


Zoom, Zoom: Winemaking club meetings go virtual!

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Shelter-in-place orders have been a challenge for many folks. But one winemaking club has found a way to keep their meetings going while being socially responsible. Welcome to the age of the virtual club.


Ferment It All! Attack of the Juicy Juice boxes

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What would you do if your kids brought home Juicy Juice boxes every day, but never drank them? One man decided to ferment it all!


The Forbidden Fruit: Making wine in Iran

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Many of us in the Western Hemisphere can take wine and winemaking for granted. But for those folks living under extreme Islamic law, the consequences of being caught with it can be dire. But one Iranian man isn’t going to be deterred.


Story Behind The Label

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Featured in the February-March 2020 issue: Gene Carlson • Lafayette, Indiana I was a Weapons Mechanic with the 355th Munitions Maintenance Squadron of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. At that time the


Conference Comrades: Chance meeting leads to a lasting friendship

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When hundreds of people with a similar passion converge in one place, it’s not surprising that new friendships are forged. Such was the case with several winemakers finding each other at the annual WineMaker Conference.


United We Wine: Generations connect though the grapevine

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Winemaking roots can run deep in some families and those roots can often get intertwined. The Walker family from Connecticut shares their appreciation of how their roots have ties to several other winemakers near and far.

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When Life Gives You Lemons: Making wine from an invasive plant

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An invasive cactus plant native to the Americas has caused decades of massive economic hardships for many pastoralists of Kenya. Explore how one permaculturalist turned this scourge of the region into a nascent wine industry.

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Chateau Latif Vineyard: An oasis on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

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A vineyard located in the middle of Manhattan? We had to investigate. Learn about Latif Jiji and the unique vineyard that he planted and has managed now for 42 years in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Everything Wine: Scavenging up a new hobby

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I’d never seen my father drink a glass of wine — until he became a winemaker. He retired from a full-time sales career and besides golf, gardening, and a part-time job selling


Complementing Food: Teaching winemaking to young chefs

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The culinary world and hobby winemaking collide in an upstate New York college campus where one man’s mission is to introduce the winemaking hobby to chefs-in-training.


The Winemakers’ Renaissance

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Home winemakers are living in the golden age of the hobby. One reader sits down to reflect on the great resources that are available to those of us who appreciate the joys of crafting wine at home.


The Magic of Crush Day: Because We Can

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Crush day can be a roller-coaster ride of emotions: Excitement, anxiety, joy, frustration, and of course, exhaustion. A reader tells of his own personal crush day magic and why he does it year-in and year-out. (Hint: Because he can.)


Thinking Outside the Bottle: Presenting Your Homemade Wine

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With the holiday season approaching, presenting your homemade wine to friends and family should be a point of pride. Bob Peak offers readers several pointers to take a fun and festive approach to an evening pairing of your wine with guests.


Doughboys Tribute Merlot

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I recently combined my winemaking hobby with the reverence I have for my ancestors who served in the military. Specifically, I made a batch of wine as a tribute to my three


Wine Cellar Build

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A reader’s basement renovation takes shape.


Meet the Blue Bulls Wine Co.

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Meet the Blue Bulls Wine Company, a group of New Jersey-based career first responders who also like to dabble in the art of winemaking. If you mess with these bulls, you may get a horn . . . of wine?


Swamp Donkey Vineyards: Growing Grapes in New England

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A reader starts a vineyard in New England. “It is great to wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee and walk out to the vineyard to check on the vines, training off shoots as I go along.”

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Harrogate Wine Club: A Love For Wine Doesn’t Age

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When we are together bottling, corking and labeling the wine, we are all eager and happy to complete the project at hand, so we can enjoy the finished product.


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