Category Archives: OENOLOGICAL ODYSSEY

Follow my fall into wine making here. With no training, I craft horrible wines to better understand the process that confects grapes into alcohol.

FABRICATED.FIZZ.

A lifetime has passed since I picked up Vidal Blanc juice, fresh from harvest in New York’s Finger Lakes on October 23rd. Between then and present, my wine underwent fermentation, fining, cold stabilization, and at least three rackings. Once the … Continue reading

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CLEANLINESS.WINELINESS.

It’s time. Real wineries have machines that sterilize, fill, cap, and label hundreds bottles in seconds…those lucky (rich) bastards. My advice, just buy wine, because making it will ruin you. Round two…bubbly: Tune in next week for the final bottling … Continue reading

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HAPPY.NEW.SAME.

Wine follows its own calendar. You can’t rush it. All you can hope is to avoid panic. It has taken two months for it to settle, since I picked up vidal blanc grapes in October. I itch to bottle it. … Continue reading

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NOW.WHAT?

A little wine-down-time, and I go to re-rack… Fine. Dandy. Now what? I try the wine left in the tank. It’s hopelessly mild. My wife tastes it. There’s alcohol, something citrus, pear, maybe mineral hiding around there. But she likens … Continue reading

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SECOND.SHOT.

Clearly I can’t multitask. Last week’s post proved that babbling on camera and racking wine don’t mix… Self-reflexive! For those out of the loop, since October 23rd, I’ve been fashioning wine out of Vidal Blanc juice, which I bought from … Continue reading

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