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Making and Breaking Hard Apple Cider From Scratch

I have made moderately terrible wines from grapes. I have made a few lovely beers with my brewing wife (thanks to my wife). I have never toyed with hard apple cider. With Fall upon us, nature throws an emergency-opportunity my way: Continue reading

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Home Grape Vine Growing Update

After many months of neglecting our backyard, I remembered I had planted Pinot Noir clones, Meunier, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc last year (watch here). My wife was gone for the day. I got up early-ish, strapped on my boots … Continue reading

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Wine From Vines: Planting my First Vineyard

So it begins. After years of making wine from bought grapes, finally, finally, I could plant my own vines. It only took buying a home with a quarter acre…minor details… 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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BLUEBERRY.REOPENING

A year is a long time to wait. Even labor takes a paltry nine months. But birthing my blueberry wine deserved patience. Its conception was awkward, messy, and frustrating. Kit winemaking was for beginners. So last August, I picked ten … Continue reading

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