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Top 100 Wine Kits 2014

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This past April 2014, over 50 experienced judges evaluated a total of 1,460 wine kit entries as part of the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition. This large collection of kit entries

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2014 Wine Label Contest Winners

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Here’s the winners of the 2014 WineMaker label contest.

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2016 Label Contest Winners

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Here’s the winners of the 2016 WineMaker label contest.

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The Many Shades of Muscat

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Muscat is a complex family of grapes with a distinctive aroma tying them all together. There are hundreds of Muscat varieties, both white and red, which are used to make all styles of wine.

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2017 Wine Label Contest Winners

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Here are the winners from the 2017 Label Contest.

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Make Your Own Wine Vinegar

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Winemakers spend a lot of time and effort preventing acetic acid from ruining good wine. But to make wine vinegar, Acetobacter is actually your friend. Find out how to make some wine vinegar at home.

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Your Best Crush and Press

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You can never be too prepared in your winery when the grapes come in from harvest. Follow our guidelines for crush and press success.

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Fruit Wines from Puree

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Can’t get your hands on the type of fresh fruit you seek for your next batch of wine? Consider making fruit wine from puree. There are many options available and the process is simple.

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2018 Label Contest Winners

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Sure, what’s inside the bottle may be the most important part of winemaking, but the presentation of your homemade wines tells others that your wine is important to you, that you’ve spent


2017 WineMaker Competition Results

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results: Download Full Results With 2,497 entries, the event is once again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world! Wines were judged on April

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2017 WineMaker Competition

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results: Download Full Results With 2,497 entries, the event is once again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world! Wines were judged on April

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2016 WineMaker Competition Results

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results: Download Full Results With 2,981 entries, the event is once again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world! Wines were judged on April

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Copy of 2015 WineMaker Wine Competition

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 THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED WINES IN THE LARGEST COMPETITION OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD! The wines have now been judged and winners will first be announced at the

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2015 WineMaker Wine Competition

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 THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED WINES IN THE LARGEST COMPETITION OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD! The wines have now been judged and winners will first be announced at the

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2015 WineMaker Competition Results

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results: Download Full Results With 2,825 entries, the event is once again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world! Wines were judged on April

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“I Make Wine Because . . .”

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Take part in any home winemaking gathering and you will find that winemakers have a lot to say. When it comes to one subject, however, we all agree on one thing —

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Add 12 grams of citric or tartaric acid to your sanitizing solution.

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Acid for sanitizing In The Winemaker’s Answer Book (on page 54), you say to add 12 grams of citric or tartaric acid to your sanitizing solution. Is it OK to use an

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Can you tell me if typical wines in the store contain gluten

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Wine and gluten allergy Can you tell me if typical wines in the store contain gluten or if certain yeasts contain gluten? Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, rye and oats.

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Will freezing affect the juice I get in a 5-gallon (19-L) kit?

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Freezing kit juice Will freezing affect the juice I get in a 5-gallon (19-L) kit? I am concerned about the variations that occur in home winemaking. My 6-gallon (23-L) primary fermenter works

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Where can I find good quality bottles?

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Bottle quest I have a few batches of wine under my belt. I have been plagued with either cheap, flat bottom bottles or stuck collecting and cleaning out empties. Where do wineries

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How can I fix a wine with high pH and low TA?

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High pH and Low TA in a Chardonnay I have a batch of 2006 Chardonnay that has completed primary and secondary fermentation. It tasted flabby so I had it tested for pH

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2007 Label Contest Winners

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It may be plonk, but – our grand prize winner shows – that doesn’t mean the label can’t be cool. See all the winners of WineMaker’s annual label contest.

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Why are my TA readings off?

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I crushed and sulfited my Cab grapes. In doing the initial tests I got the following readings. Brix was 23.5 (+.22 temp correction) = 23.7, S.G. 1.099 (+.013 temp correction) = 1.112,

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How do I know if I’ve blended correctly?

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The Zin of Blending We just blended a 55 gal. 1997 oak barrel with a blend of 60% Zinfindel and 40% Merlot. Whatever comes out, we’re going to drink it! But could

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Fruit and Grape Blends: Tips from the Pros

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Ken Korando came to winemaking by way of entrepreneurship. Educated as an electronics engineer, he and a colleague patented technology used to decline balance debit cards – the sort of technology that


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