Non Alcoholic Wines

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Wine male

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!

D-Positano ce

 

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.

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.

Kits or Juice or Grapes; That is the question

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Grapes contain certain polyphenol antioxidant ...

Grapes contain certain polyphenol antioxidant compounds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People that make homemade wine are presented with three pasic ways of making their wine:

  1. Grapes – Crush the juice from fresh grapes
  2. Must – Buy the juice in bulk and use it
  3. Kits – Buy a kit of concentrated juice and use it

I usually use the must method since crushing grapes is too much work and is meshy. I sometimes use kits especially for varietals I can’t get as must. This May the Chilean’s are out and for the first time in over 10 years I won’t be doing them. I am getting married! I will however buy some kits and do them in the summer. Kits are about 60% more expensive but in my opinion make a better wine. Many places sell kits now.

Amazing Clarity in White Wine

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This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy)...

This image shows a white wine glass (WMF Easy) with white wine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am always amazed at how clear I can get my white wines. When I first move them from the primary fermentor to secondary (glass), they are VERY cloudy almost milky. After 30 to 45 days they have cleared and I rack off the clear wine and throw away the sediment at the bottom. After  or 3 rackings, the white wine is crystal clear! After all who wants to drink a white wine that is not clear? Enjoy your wine making.

Fall is here which means Californian & Italian Juices!

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A glass of pinot grigio wine.

A glass of pinot grigio wine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just picked up my smallest order to date – (2) Californian buckets of juice. One is a Chardonnay and the other a Pinot Noir. Next month I have (2) Italians coming in as well – one a Pinot Grigio and the other a Chianti. I have a few thousand bottles in my cellar so I needed to cut back and start enjoying the older wines. I also replaced my siphons with new ones. This is important as they can get dirty. Even santitizing them may not clear out all the problems. I am getting Married May 25, 2013 so I made some extra Chilean wines last spring. Some of these we created a special wedding label for. We took pictyures from our trip to Italy and used them to create a nice wine label. I found great labels from onlinelabels.com They are OL150 WR labels. I likethem because they are full size wine labels and are removable. As long as they don’t get too wet, you can easily peel them off.

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