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Tannin Myths and Methods

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From modern wine chemistry labs to your home winery — what is known about tannins and how can winemakers control their impact on their wine? Research is debunking many widely-held beliefs about

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Can I Reduce Tannins in a Wine Kit Without Aging?

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I seem to have extracted too much tannin during primary fermentation of my Cellar Craft Carmenère kit because the must is quite tannic and bitter. This is probably because instead of just

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Would you recommend using dry ice to control the temperature of must?

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Dry ice can be a tremendous help for small-lot winemakers in the grape or must stage. Dry ice is really just frozen carbon dioxide gas and will cool the air (or liquid)

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Cold Soaking: Tips from the Pros

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Melissa Burr, Winemaker at Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, Oregon. Melissa was raised in the Willamette Valley and, after completing her BS degree, studied winemaking at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, and


Cold Soaking: Tips from the Pros

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Melissa Burr, Winemaker at Stoller Vineyards in Dayton, Oregon. Melissa was raised in the Willamette Valley and, after completing her BS degree, studied winemaking at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, and

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Testing Wine Barrels, Dry Ice: Wine Wizard

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  Wine barrel testing My barrels are American oak, repeatedly used for wine, and about five years old. When empty, I fill them with water containing a strong solution of potassium metabisulfite

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Egg White Fining, Overoaking: Wine Wizard

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Using egg whites I’m making a white wine and want to add egg white to help with the fining before my last racking. Is there any information on how to do the


Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah Wine Blends

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  Home winemakers often resort to a little blending to improve their wines — to add a little more body, tweak the acid balance or deepen the color, or just because it

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Using Enzymes: Tips from the Pros

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 Ben Mayo, Winemaker at Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, California. Ben has worked with Eberle for nearly ten years. He first joined as a cellar worker, later graduating to Assistant Winemaker and

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Yeast-free wine and quality control: Wine Wizard

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Yeast-free wine? I am a wine lover, but unfortunately I have an intolerance to yeast. Is there a yeast-free or low-yeast wine? John via email Though I’m no medical doctor (I limit


Wine Wizard Revealed & Top 10 Winemaking Questions

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A Word From the Publisher And the Wine Wizard is……. “When will my fermentation stop?” “Why did my fermentation stop?” One thing I can count on as publisher of WineMaker magazine is

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Force-Carbonating Wine to Sparkle: Counter pressure bottle method

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Ah! There’s nothing like a nice bottle of chilled bubbly to sip as an aperitif while preparing dinner, or for those of you who already cannot wait for summer, to sip on


Méthode “Home-penoise”

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In Champagne, the French make bubbly using the méthode Champenoise. In your home, use this method.

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Riesling Lessons of the Mosel Masters

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German wines, particularly great German Rieslings, are unlike any other wines in the world, with unmatched fruit intensity, striking minerality and remarkable aging potential. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked, and soon the

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Delestage Fermentation: Techniques

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As an enophile, I enjoy almost every type and style of wine. However, my true love is — and always has been — big, bold, oak-aged reds, the type built for the


How Sweet It Is: Chaptalization

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Some time ago, I had the pleasure of receiving four sommeliers into my home winery to sample my 1999 Cabernet Franc. Three of the four gentlemen were from France, one of them


It’s Lysozyme Time

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Home winemakers have an important new resource in the ongoing battle against spoilage organisms — it’s called lysozyme. Discovered in the 1920s and used for decades in the pharmaceutical, dairy and cheese


Measuring Residual Sugar

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You are interested in your friend’s opinion on your most recent vintage — most likely a wine you have assessed to be your best ever. You meticulously withdraw a sample and pour


Adjust Wine Flavor in the Fermenter

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Making the perfect wine requires a combination of experience, skill, excellent grapes and good fortune. Skill and experience are things you can acquire over time. But finding the perfect grapes is truly


What is the best way for a home winemaker to make fortified wines?

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Let me start answering your multi-part question by breaking it down. For starters, “fortified” wines are just that. They’ve had alcohol (usually in the form of neutral grape spirits (brandy without the


How can I make homemade sparkling wine?

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First let this Wine Wizard ruminate over the techniques mentioned above. Adding a little sugar (called priming sugar in the beer trade, dosage in the wine business) to newly fermented wine and


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