Monthly Archive: October 2019

Winemaking 101 – Episode 3 – My Purchase

Welcome to Episode 3! Before getting into fermentation, I’ll talk about a purchase I made, which in movie terms is a prequel. I got REALLY enthusiastic about making wine from fresh grapes. I haven’t...

36 lbs of grapes

Winemaking 101 – Episode 2 – The Crush

Welcome to the second installment of Winemaking 101! Today’s post describes the crush, what it is, and why we do it. What is crushing? It’s crushing the grapes to let the juice out. [Yeah,...

Grapes in the garage

Winemaking 101 – Episode 1 – Get Grapes

This is the first of a series of posts that describe my Fall 2019 wine making experience. An experienced wine maker may not find this all that exciting as I’m writing for friends who...

2019 Zinfandel

2019 Zinfandel

October 2019 – This is Old Vines Zinfandel from Lodi, CA. It should be interesting. I could not identify the vineyard, but the shipping label reads “Linderella, The Perfect Fit”. The logo is a...

2019 Merlot #3

2019 Merlot #3

October 2019 – This is my 3rd batch of Merlot this year. The first two were kits, this is fresh grapes from Suisun Valley, CA. The group I purchased grapes with unloaded 10,000 lbs...

2019 Malbec

2019 Malbec

October 2019 – I purchased 180 lbs of Malbec from Lanza Vineyards, Suisun Valley CA. This is the first fresh grapes I’ve done in 20 years, and the first time for west coast grapes....

English Nut Brown Ale

English Nut Brown Ale

September 2019 – I was running short of beer and this kit seemed to have my name on it … Ingredients: Malt 6.6# liquid light malt extract Steeping Grains kit doesn’t specify in the...

2019 Merlot #3 – 2nd Run

2019 Merlot #3 – 2nd Run

Since I combined the three second run batches (Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel) into one, I created a new log to reduce tracking. Click here to navigate to the consolidated log.

2019 Zinfandel – 2nd Run

2019 Zinfandel – 2nd Run

Since I combined the three second run batches (Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel) into one, I created a new log to reduce tracking. Click here to navigate to the consolidated log.