Writer: Dave Green

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Chaptalization is the act of adding sugar to juice or must in order to increase alcohol content post-fermentation. Learn the basics of this technique.

Wine Pairing For the Holidays


A time for friends and family to gather and celebrate, the holiday season is best paired with good food and wine. Be sure you plan ahead to match the main course with the vino.

Lees, Sur Lie Aging, and Bâttonage


Learn about the lees that we find in wine and how we can use them
to our advantage.

Volatile Acidity Basics


It’s a dirty phrase in most winemaking circles, but volatile acidity
is found in all wine and having a little can actually add complexity
to a wine. Get the scoop on volatile acidity

Stone Fruit Wines


Also known as drupes, stone fruits offer some advantages over some other types of fruit for making wine. Learn some basics of making stone fruit wines.

Prepping Wine For Competition


If you’ve got a wine aging in your cellar you would like unbiased, expert opinions on, then entering it in a competition for judging is one of the best options. Get some pointers for getting the best feedback.

Understanding the Basics of pH Meters


pH meters are a crucial piece of testing equipment for winemakers looking to take their hobby to the next level. Learn some basics of why, how, and when.

Turning Kits to Gold


Wine kits come with all of the necessary ingredients to make a great tasting batch of wine. So how come all of these wines don’t come out tasting the same? The short answer is that the creativity often associated with fresh grape winemakers must also be applied to kit winemaking, and then solid technique and practices are key. We asked four highly decorated kit winemakers to share their best advice in this kit winemaking roundtable.

Put Some Sparkle In Your Wines


There are several techniques a home winemaker can create bubbles for their wine. Learn about the methods for crafting a sparkling wine of your own.

Honey-Based Wines


The earliest known alcoholic beverage uncovered on Earth was a mead from northern China. Get familiarized with the great and storied world of honey-based wines.

The Alcohols


Ethanol may be the most prominent and well-known alcohol in wine, but it is not the only one to play a large role in a wine’s character. Learn about the various alcohols in wine.

The ABC’s of MLF


If you make your own wine, no matter what kind, the concept of malolactic fermentation (MLF) should be well embedded in your mind. Learn some of the basics of MLF.

The Role Of Nitrogen in Winemaking


Learn about the fundamentals of nitrogen levels in your winemaking as well as how, when, and what additions are needed

The Basics Of Racking Wine


For anyone that has been in the hobby for a while, you’ve seen the instructions, “Siphon wine into a vessel for aging,” or some variation of that. But tips and tricks to

Grape Skins: Start to finish


Grape skins can be one of the most important components when creating some wines, while being detrimental to others. Scratch the surface of grape skins in this piece.

The Mobile “Wall-Mount” Wine Opener


If your home winemaking club runs a wine competition, you should check out this DIY stand stand that allows a high-volume wine opener to go mobile.

Oak Yeah!? When and why to add oak to wine


Adding oak to a wine can add an amazing depth of character or it can detract from the fruit. Learn some keys to managing the oak in your wine.

The Importance of Temperature Control in Winemaking


Not properly controlling the temperature of your grapes, must, juice, or wine can have lasting impacts. Learn when and how to take control.

Getting Closure: Corkers and Cork Sizing


Learn about the various factors that affect a home winemaker’s decision when choosing cork size and corkers.

Corks & Closures


Learn about your cork and closure options when it comes to bottling

Grape Expectations


Having trouble trying to commit to starting into the hobby world, or looking for next steps in your journey into winemaker. We’ve got a few suggestions for those folks.



Not all wines can or should be backsweetened, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn the process. Find out the basics of backsweetening.

Wine Acid 101


Balance is often the key to producing a winning wine. This means knowing how to measure and adjust acidity if needed. Learn the basics of wine acids.

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


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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Getting Hardcore with Apples


Get some basic pointers for making hard cider or apple wine.

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