Tag Archives: home winemaking

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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VIGNOLES.VS.VIGNOLES

So I made this white wine last year. It turned out flawed, hazy, and unexpectedly fizzy. The last third of each bottle is a yeasty murk and somewhat undrinkable. Corks shot from bottles until I caged them. Luckily, I like … 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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CORKING.ABOUT

Midnight nears. I have not packed for our trip. My wine rests in thirty bottles but they need closure, literally and figuratively. Because I saved bottles, this vignoles venture will not see me experimenting with screw-caps. Although, I really really … Continue reading

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HUMAN.SIPHON

Weeks of chilling and racking the wine into near clear perfection have passed. It seems like a lifetime since I blew it up and even longer since I traveled to the Finger Lakes to buy juice. The tank has traveled … Continue reading

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