Tagged: red wine

2021 Barbera 1

2021 Barbera

 August 2021 – I purchased a Finer Wine Kits (FWK) wine kit from Label Peelers to get a permanent 10% discount on the FWK, choosing a Barbera as I have nothing like it in the cellar....

Successful Red Blends 0

Successful Red Blends

On Wine Making Talk, a common question regards what wines to use in making blends, and in what proportions. Granted, each batch of wine is different so there’s no formula, but having a list...

Oak Stix Experiment 1

Oak Stix Experiment

This post documents the background and progress of an experiment I am conducting using Next Level Oak oak kits. In this experiment I am comparing the effects of American, French, and Hungarian oak stix...

2020 Meritage Plus

2020 Meritage Plus

October 2020 – I’m great at complicating things. My intention was to produce 2 wines this fall: 1st run Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot — and...

2020 Meritage

2020 Meritage

October 2020 – I’m great at complicating things. My intention was to produce 2 wines this fall: 1st run Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot — and...

2020 Red Blend, 2nd Run

2020 Red Blend, 2nd Run

October 2020 – Last year’s second run wine is wildly successful, so I’m (of course) doing it again. Making a second run extends my results by 50% AND the cost per bottle was $0.38!...

2020 Vinifera Blend

2020 Vinifera Blend

October 2020 – I’m making a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux style blend this year. The blend includes small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, which are all fermented together. I’m calling this...

2020 Merlot 2

2020 Merlot 2

October 2020 – I’m making a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux style blend this year. As part of that I’m fermenting 2 batches of Merlot, one with American oak as a fermentation oak, and one with French...

2020 Merlot 1

2020 Merlot 1

October 2020 – I’m making a Merlot-heavy Bordeaux style blend this year. As part of that I’m fermenting 2 batches of Merlot, one with American oak as a fermentation oak, and one with French...

2020 Zinfandel

2020 Zinfandel

October 2020 – I like last year’s Old Vines Zinfandel from Lodi, CA, so I’m making it again. I intended to bottle most as a varietal, but changed plans. This wine is going into...