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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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Enter the 2014 WineMaker Competition

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  ENTER YOUR BEST HOMEMADE WINES IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST COMPETITION FOR HOBBY WINEMAKERS! Year after year the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the largest of its kind in the world.

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How do I really know that my juice is Syrah, and are there Syrahs that don’t have that deep purple color?

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I purchased Syrah juice this past fall from a well-established distributor of grapes and juice in California and have gone through usual fermentation and stabilization processes. The wine has now been aging

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I am new to homemade winemaking and I want to begin making Port-style wines. Can you give me some advice?

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I am new to homemade winemaking and I want to begin making Port-style wines. I have looked on winemakermag.com for information about Ports and have learned a lot. As far as fortification,


I recently bottled a batch of Cabernet Sauvignon, which tastes fine but has an off odor. Did I miss something, or will this go away with aging?

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I recently bottled a batch of Cabernet Sauvignon, which tastes fine but has an off odor. I keep all my notes and regularly follow the same procedures. I buy my juice already

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Are there any fruits that are taboo in country winemaking? What tests should I do to ensure nobody becomes ill from my country wines?

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After moving to the Philippines, I was impressed with the wide variety of fruits at my disposal and the possibility of making wines. I worry, though, because many of the wine musts

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What is the film forming inside my bottles?

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I am making wine from my own grapes in Alpine, California and have noticed that occasionally a light film forms on the inside of some bottles. I am very meticulous about keeping

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Can I recondition old corks?

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I have a number of novelty corks I brought back from Europe in 1960. They haven’t been used since then, so they are quite dry. Can anyone tell me if there is


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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Can I Salvage an Oak Barrel if I Burned a Sulfur Stick While the Barrel Was Wet?

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In a recent issue of WineMaker, I read with some alarm your caution against burning sulfur sticks in a wet barrel. Not only did I make that error (in three beautiful, one-year-old

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The MLF manufacturer’s instructions say the wine should be less than 15 ppm. Isn’t that risking spoilage?

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I always put my Zinfandel through malolactic fermentation. The manufacturer’s instructions say the wine should be less than 15 ppm. Isn’t that risking spoilage? I add about 1/4 tsp of sulfite per

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

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Dry ice and must In preparation for this season’s crush I have been thinking about several different ways of protecting my wine from oxidation. After primary fermentation and MLF the CO2 levels

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Is this a sure way of determining that the barrel is infected?

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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 (one

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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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I’ve even heard of dandelion wine and wine made from grass clippings — can you make wine out of anything?

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Dear Wine Wizard, Though most of us think “grapes” when we think wine, I live in Michigan and can’t help but notice that wineries out here make wine out of a lot

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