While traveling recently through the Finger Lake wine country,Â I came across this Renaissance women working at Prejean Winery. She was kind enough to display my Travel Poster advertising our trip to Napa Valley, California. The deadline is approaching fast so if you are interested in going, please visit www.lakelandtraveltours for more information. One thing I noticed from this excursion is that winery owners and their employees are very friendly and accommodating people.
Here’s Step 4 of my How to Make Wine Video series! In this fourth video I explain the process of filtering your wine. After allowing 4 to 5 weeks for the grape particles and ingredients to settle, the wine is almost crystal clear. But to completely polish the wine clarity, the wine is filtered before bottling.
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Here’s Step 3 of my How to Make Wine Video series! In this third video I explain how to check the specific gravity of your wine with a hydrometer to assure complete fermentation. I add potassium metabisulfate and potassium sorbate to the carboy and stir vigorously. These ingredients will help sterilize and protect against re-fermentation after bottling. A natural fining agent is also added to settle the must.
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Stories and news from the wine world:
- Wine Word of the Week: Clarification
â€” Clarification is the wine-making operation which removes suspended and insoluble material from grape juice, or new wine, in which these solids are known as lees.
- Sulfites in Wine
â€” Sneaky Sulfites Cause Splitting Headaches, or Do They? The truth behind sulfites used in wine.
- Wine May ‘Protect Against Dementia’
â€” The beneficial effects observed are due to compounds called flavonoids, found in red wine.
- Time Works Against Opened Wine Bottle
â€” The problem arises when you taste several wines or simply don’t want to drink an entire bottle by yourself or with a friend.
- Report: American Wine Industry Healthy
â€” Wine Intelligence, a London-based wine industry consulting and market research firm, is reporting that American wine is doing just fine…
Stories and news from the wine world:
- The Vintner’s Case for Global Warming
â€” French winemakers are buying land in northern areas that havenâ€™t been able to produce wine in centuries. Areas like upstate New York, Ontario, and British Columbia that were marginal wine producers are becoming important winemaking centers.
- Winemaking: Requested Recipe (Pineapple Wines)
â€” By the time the fruit reaches your local market, the intense flavor and sweetness made be decidely reduced. For that reason, pineapple wine made from canned pineapple or pineapple juice are, generally speaking, every bit as good as wine made from fresh pineapple fruit.
- Using Wine Recipes for Fruit Wine
â€” Once you have all the basic equipment together you can start looking for wine recipes to make your own fruit wines.
- Winemaking Calculators Go Online
â€” New website’s free tools provide help for busy winemakers.
- Wine Critics and their Discontents
â€” You might think that the job of wine critic would be heavenlyâ€”traveling the world, tasting wines and talking and writing about them. What could be better? But there are downsides and trade-offs to the job.
- Wines to Make a Party Swing
â€” So you’re having a party? There is nothing worse than going to a party and being given a bad tasting glass of wine. There is no excuse for this, and so this article gives you a few ideas on what to serve your guests.
- The Way to Make Wine: How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home
â€” Written by a vintner and science editor with twenty-five years experience, The Way to Make Wine is the most readable and reliable handbook among the many winemaking guides.
The results are in from this year’s NYS Fair Home Wine Making Competition. Of 283 entries, 25 entries were from juice/concentrate, like the kind you make at Lakeland Winery. Nearly ALL the Concentrate wine won a medal! A DOUBLE GOLD went to Chocolate Raspberry Port (which is available for you to make in November) and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. GOLD went to Strawberry Riesling; Peach Apricot Chardonnay, and Orange Blossom Muscat. SILVER went to Sangiovese; Montepulciano; Cabernet Sauvignon; Grenache Mourvedre; Stag’s Leap Merlot, and Green Apple Riesling. BRONZE went to Rioja; Shiraz; Merlot; Gewurztraminer; Three berry Pinot Grigio, and Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon.
Thank you to those who made their wine at Lakeland Winery and submitted it for a chance to win. I’m sure your efforts were noticed by the judges, who some were surprised that your wines would taste so good.
As the organizer for this years competition, I am planning to also be part of next years event at the State Fair. I hope you will join me and learn what’s involved in judging wines. Get a close up, personal view of how judging is done.
These are the final comprehensive results for your viewing: 2008-home-wine-competition