Writer: Jeff Chorniak

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Wine Fermentation 101

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Fermentation is a chemical reaction that takes place when yeast turns sugar into carbon dioxide and alcohol. Obviously, this is a critical part of the entire process. A yeast cell will turn


10 Great Gadgets

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In this 10th anniversary issue of WineMaker magazine, we present 10 items that will make your home winemaking more enjoyable. From old mechanical standy-bys to new computerized state-of-the-art doo-dads, here’s a list

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A Clearer Understanding of Fining Agents

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The first thing you notice when someone hands you a glass of wine is its color and clarity. We all expect wine to look clear and appealing and there are many ways

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Harvest Planning

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For winemakers, grape harvest is a period of intense activity. Important decisions and preparations need to happen well in advance of crush day in order for things to go smoothly. These decisions

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Harvest Planning

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  For winemakers, grape harvest is a period of intense activity. Important decisions and preparations need to happen well in advance of crush day in order for things to go smoothly. These

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Field Grafting Grape Vines

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If you want to grow a new varietal, you have the option of grafting cuttings onto your existing rootstock, saving you the time of establishing a new root system. Also, if your


Wild Yeast: The Pros and Cons of Spontaneous Fermentation

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Whether you are a first time winemaker or an old hand, one thing will never change — you need yeast to make wine. Simply put, all wine is the by-product of fermentation.


See You at Wine U

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The professional world of viticulture (grape growing) and enology (winemaking) has become its own amazing universe. To be part of it, there are two routes you can follow. The first is owning

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WineMaker at 5!

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As WineMaker celebrates its first five years of publishing, we stop for a minute to reflect on the classic world in which we’re immersed — the world of wine. Who could ever

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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


Anatomy of a Micro Vineyard

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Since childhood, I had always been under the impression that there is no such thing as a good bottle of homemade wine. This was mostly due to the fact that every time


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