How wine is made: the basics

Many of you are probably pondering a fundamental question related to this blog: how is wine made?  In these posts, you will realize that my winemaking is not—and never will be—mistake free. My personal opinion is that winemakers of all levels of expertise have their “knyuck-knyuck” Three-Stooges winemaking moments. I am no exception. Winemaking, as … Continue reading How wine is made: the basics

A (Wine) Homecoming Part 1: Watch this space!

Lillian here, in WISCONSIN (....not New York)! How terribly exciting it is to be home. Prepare ye all for a week of blog-onslaught, as there will be much to cover in the reunion of the Vintner and the Vintner's Daughter. Much to learn about wine, wine-making and October on the homestead (Wisconsin). Five things to … Continue reading A (Wine) Homecoming Part 1: Watch this space!

How to Host a (New York) Winetasting Party

Want to host a winetasting party? Well, it's pretty easy!  This weekend, I did so here in New York, and it was a great success. Winetasting is not reserved for elite sommeliers. Even us amateurs can have a go. Everyone has an opinion on wine and those are all valid, so try it! Here is … Continue reading How to Host a (New York) Winetasting Party

Winemaking During the Enlightenment

As previously discussed in our "Winemaking During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance" post, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Catholic Church was largely responsible for both the widespread planting of vineyards and the passing on of knowledge regarding winemaking. While the Church greatly advanced the number and variety of grapes available for … Continue reading Winemaking During the Enlightenment

During the 19th century, wine began being served at a new social venue, restaurants. The modern idea of a restaurant first appeared in Paris during the Age of Enlightenment, just before the French Revolution when soup vendors began selling "restorants" and other foods at fixed locations in the city. Initially, restaurants were places where local … Continue reading Wine’s Two Golden Ages

Wine’s Two Golden Ages

Winemaking During the Enlightenment

As discussed in the April 1, 2018 post, during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Catholic Church was largely responsible for both the widespread planting of vineyards and the passing on of knowledge regarding winemaking. While the Church greatly advanced the number and variety of grapes available for winemaking, its adherence to traditions of … Continue reading Winemaking During the Enlightenment

Bottling my 2016 Zinfandel

In the summer of 2016 I hosted a luncheon in our backyard gazebo with Carl Cocita of Collinwood Grape Company in Cleveland, along with some of my fellow members of the Wisconsin Vintners Association. The result was that we decided to order from Carl two tons of Zinfandel grapes from the Amador region in California … Continue reading Bottling my 2016 Zinfandel

Winemaking During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

As previously discussed in the September 22, 2014 post on ancient wines, our ancestors who lived more than 2,000 years ago believed that the gods actually lived in the grapes they harvested and the wines they drank. Drinking wine allowed them to transcend their normal lives and commune with these gods. Yet, as the influence of … Continue reading Winemaking During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

“Wine/Gin” Making in the Sudan

In Sudan, there is an illegal alcohol business afoot and plenty of expats are fully aware, if  not even fully gracious for it (this guy knows what I'm be talking about, it seems). Araqi (also called Sharboot) is a date-gin, date-brandy or date-wine (depending on who you ask) that is produced in Sudan, primarily by … Continue reading “Wine/Gin” Making in the Sudan

Bottling My 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir

After 18 months in an oak barrel it is time to bottle this Pinot Noir made from grapes from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA west of Dundee, Oregon, which is a subregion of the Willamette Valley. These are Pinot Noir clones, Pommard and 115, that fellow WVA member Adam Rabe trucked back to Wisconsin after working in … Continue reading Bottling My 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir

How Valid and Reliable are Wine-Judging Events? Part 2

In a March 25, 2016 post I raised the question, "How valid and reliable are wine-judging events?" I guess I've been tardy in actually answering that question, so here we go! In 2000 California winemaker and retired statistics professor Robert Hodgson became curious when some wines that he entered into multiple competitions earned very different … Continue reading How Valid and Reliable are Wine-Judging Events? Part 2

The Hidden Wine Wonder of Switzerland

On April 15, 2017 at 4:34 AM, my cell phone buzzed, signaling a text message. Ever since Lillian began working overseas I have made a habit out of placing my phone on my nightstand, just in case there is an emergency call late at night. Lillian now works in Switzerland, which is undoubtedly as safe … Continue reading The Hidden Wine Wonder of Switzerland