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.

END.GAME.

The end is nigh. Fermentation has slowed in my six gallons of vidal blanc juice. Less than a week has expired since I picked up the juice. Last night’s reading (below) was a call to arms (and racking siphon tubes). … Continue reading

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WORK.WINE.WORK.

Work. Wine. Work. Wine. Work. Wine. The days blur my routine of tests and checks, morning and evening with my time at work. Selling and making the stuff eats my hours. But soon fermentation will stop. Soon all I will … Continue reading

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BUBBLE.BUBBLE

I’m not worried. Some yeasts take days to wake up. My blueberry wine, although crap, took days before fermentation started. So I don’t expect the vidal blanc that I bought 24 hours ago to have begun. Still exhausted from my … Continue reading

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TIRED.TESTY.TROUBLE

I top off my fermentation tank to six gallons and save the extra gallon: with which to sweeten, make sparkling, or do whatever the heck else strikes my various fancies. Last year’s vignoles wine was fine. I learned gobs of … Continue reading

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VIDAL.VINEYARD.VISIT

Check your messages, your grapes might have evaporated. The night before heading to New York State’s Fingerlakes, my cell phone informs me that Fallbright grape growers sent back my seven gallons of cabernet sauvignon. The fruit was junk. Sure the … Continue reading

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