Tag Archives: home winemaking

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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MINIMAL.RETURNS

Chilling wine in an ice tank did crystallize a small amount of tartaric acid. Moving the wine to the freezing outdoors for another week just wore me out. Sure, it was cold in the car. But re-parking in the shade … Continue reading

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