Author: Bryan

Exotic Fruits Fun Wine

Exotic Fruits Fun Wine

Feb 2019 – My niece asked me to make her another wine. A friend of hers is interested as well, so they agreed on a WineXpert Island Mist kit. These are “fun wines”, a...

2019 Malbec/Merlot/Zinfandel Second Run

2019 Malbec/Merlot/Zinfandel Second Run

October 2019 – I purchased 180 lbs each of Malbec, Merlot, and Zinfandel. Before the grapes arrived I decided I would do a second run from the pomace of each. The original intention was...

Winemaking 101 – Episode 5 – What is a second run wine?

Winemaking 101 – Episode 5 – What is a second run wine?

Most people have no idea what a “second run wine” is, so this is a good place for an explanation. First, a few wine making definitions that will help with understanding. I should have...

Winemaking 101 – Episode 4 – Fermentation & Pressing

Winemaking 101 – Episode 4 – Fermentation & Pressing

So far we’ve gotten the grapes, crushed them, and detoured into my acquisition of a grape press. Now it’s time to inoculate and get onto the fermentation! Years ago I kept my wine and...

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....