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Tannin Additions: Tips from the Pros

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A grape’s tannin structure is impacted by varietal, terroir, and growing conditions. Sometimes, grapes lack the tannins desired, and when that happens winemakers have the option of techniques to maximize extraction, adding

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Red Fermentation Decisions: Tips from the Pros

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They say winemaking is part science, part art. That expression may ring most true when it comes to fermenting red wines. While there have been numerous studies and much research regarding the

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Benefit from a Cold Soak: Tips from the Pros

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The benefits of cold soaking are debated among winemakers, but those who subscribe to the technique of keeping (usually red) grapes cool for a few days prior to fermentation swear by it.

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Spring Vineyard Care: Tips from the Pros

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The summer and fall are when most of the action happens in the vineyard as leaves are thinned and grapes ripen on their journey to be turned into wine. But none of

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Blending with Malbec: Tips from the Pros

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Malbec makes great varietal wines (check out the feature on page 40 for advice on this approach), but is also commonly used as a blending component, specifically for Bordeaux-style blends. In Bordeaux,

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Intro to Wine Kits: Tips from the Pros

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Whether you are new to the winemaking hobby or looking to supplement your grape winemaking during the off-season, making wine from a kit results in great tasting wine in less time and


Purchasing Grapes

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As harvest kicks into full swing it is important for winemakers to know the right questions to ask and things to look for when purchasing grapes for this year’s fermentations. Get that


Best of Show Tips

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While none of the three panelists for this “Tips from the Pros” column are actually pros, their knowledge is second to none. We’ve accumulated three “Best of Show” winners from the 2019

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Blending Fruit Wines

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Highlighting multiple fruits in a wine often brings more complex flavors and aromas to a bottle. There are multiple ways to make these wines — primarily fermenting fruits together or blending single-fruit

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Bench Trials: Tips from the Pros

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Get tips on performing bench trials at home from three pros who utilize bench trials at their day jobs.

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The Pearson Square

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The Pearson Square is a tool to calculate the number of parts of two different solutions with different concentrations that are required to bring one of the solutions to a desired concentration. The Pearson Square can be intimidating to newbies, but when dissecting it piece by piece it is relatively straight-forward, and understanding it will pay dividends.


Egg White Fining

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An introduction to fining wine with egg whites.


Cheesemaking: Tips from the Pros

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You make your own wine, but have you tried making cheese to go with it?

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Topping Up Your Wine

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What does “topping up” mean and when should it be done?


Making Mead: Tips from the Pros

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Looking to try something new? How about making mead, also known as honey wine. Meads come in many different forms, from dry to sweet, with added fruit (melomel), malt (braggot), spices (metheglin)

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Making Pear Cider/Perry

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Hard cider doesn’t have to be made from apples. Try making a pear cider (perry) this summer!


Winemaking Tips from Virginia Winemakers

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Four centuries after it was first believed wine grapes would be an agricultural staple in Virginia, early prophecies are a reality. Virginia is quickly emerging as an up and coming wine region

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Urban Winemaking: Tips from the Pros

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Making wine away from winemaking regions is becoming more popular. As these pros will tell you, urban winemaking comes with unique benefits and challenges. Jared Brandt and his wife, Tracey, are the

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Preparing Country Fruit

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How should fruit be prepared before using it to make country wines? Let’s have a look…


Making Chambourcin Wine: Tips from the Pros

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Developed commercially 50 years ago, Chambourcin is a versatile grape that is most prevalently grown in the Mid-Atlantic. Producing deep red colors and strong aromas, Chambourcin grapes are used either to stand-alone

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Determining Ripeness

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How do you know when it’s time to pull the trigger on harvest? Here’s an introductory look for your first harvest.


Making Sparkling Wine: Tips from the Pros

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These three pros offer up tips to make your own sparkling wine at home. Steve DiFrancesco is the Winemaker for Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, New York. Steve has a degree in

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What’s that in my Kit?

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An introduction to what you’ll find in your first wine kit.


Making Sangiovese: Tips from the Pros

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Sangiovese is primarily associated with wines from Italy, especially from the Tuscany region. However, there are also a number of vineyards in the New World growing Sangiovese. The 2012 California Grape Crush

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Cleaning and Sanitation for Beginners

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An introduction to cleaning and sanitation for beginners.


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