ForReal Lemoncello … Go to Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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English: Cetara on the Amalfi coast, Italy

English: Cetara on the Amalfi coast, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you get to go to Capri or the Amalfi Coast area of Italy, try the lemoncello. It is made from large lemons that are sweeter than ours. This area of Italy prides itself in the making and drinking of great Lemoncello‘s. We tried them in each bar we stopped at. They can differ from place to place but are all great tasting.

Non Alcoholic Wines

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Wine male (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

OK I know why bother but some people can’t drink alcohol but might enjoy the taste of wine or beer. I recently had an opportunity to try a few. The wines are actually made as wine first (cabs, merlots, etc)( then the alcohol is removed. The taste is very close to the original wine without the buzz. On the beer side St Pauli Girl from Germany is as good as the alcohol version. It would be hard to tell them apart in a blind taste test.

Wine in Italy

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I just returned from a vacation to Capri & Amalfi Coast Italy. The wine is fantastic. Even getting a litter or half litter of the house red or white is a great wine. The Italians know food and

they certainly know wine! If you go, enjoy the views, the people, the food and the wine. Enjoy!

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The Bottling of the Lemoncello

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Limoncello (Photo credit: Dave77459)

I BLOGged previously on making lemoncello. We found great lemoncello bottles online and bottled it last week. Of course we had to taste some. It was great. It was sweet and overly alcoholic. The color was a dark yellow. I would have prefered a bright yellow. Next time I would use more lemon zest during the second stage.

It’s Spring, it must be time to bottle the Californians & Italians

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English: Three bottles of Pinot Gris taken Apr...

English: Three bottles of Pinot Gris taken April 2nd, 2007 Bottle 1.) Italian Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona 2005 Bottle 2.) Alsatian Pinot Gris Trimbach Reserve 2002 Bottle 3.) Oregon Pinot Gris Eyrie Vineyards 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

yesterday I bottled my Californians & Italian wines. I had (2) 6 gallon carboys of each yielding 120 bottles of great wine. The (2) whites were a Californian Chardonnay and an Italian Pinot Grigio. The (2) reds were a Californian Pinot Noir and an Italian Chianti. They all tasted young but great. I bottled them and they are sitting upright in the box to allow corks to dry. Next week I will cap each bottle and flip them upside down for cold storage. I have been producing much more than we drink or give away so that we can build up the wine cellar. This allows us to drink 3-5 year old wines. Yum

The (2) whites were racked several times and are so clear you can easily see through them. A beautiful gold color.

All racked Up & No Place to Go

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I racked my (2) Californians and (2) Italians one last time before bottling in end of April. The (2) whites were so clear I could see through them clearly. They all tasted great. I will bottle in April and then into cold storage for aging. The Lemoncello was so yellow! I added sugar water and rest of vodka and it is now a little cloudy. It needs to sit until end of April. It should get a good yellow color by then. Then I will strain out lemon peels and bottle it. Lemoncello must be drunk iced in freezer for months. It won’t freeze but it will get syrupy and take the harsh edge off the vodka. Enjoy. Let me know what you are making.

Status Update

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The lemoncello is getting very yellow. It’s looking real good!

 

My two Californians and 2 Italian wines have been racked several times and are clear. The 2 whites are golden and very clear. I will be bottling in early may.

 

This summer I will be doing several kits for fall and winter wine production. I know I want a Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo, Rioja, Chianti,

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sangiovese,¬†and several whites. We will see what’s available. Stay posted!

 

I opened a 2007 wine from my reserve section. WOW was that great! When you can make such great wine, age it to perfection and enjoy it…that’s wine making.

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