Tin Lizzie Cabernet Sauvignon

We destemmed and crushed our Cabernet Sauvignon at Tin Lizzie Wineworks today. Kathy and I are making a quarter barrel. Actually it is a full barrel of which we will receive a quarter of the bottled wine. The grapes were from Stagecoach Vineyards in Napa. There was talk about this Cab being an […]

Destemming and Chemistry at Tin Lizzie Wineworks

After waiting for the grapes to arive from Stagecoach Vineyards in California via New Jersey it was time for the vintners to process their grapes. The first group destemmed Syrah. They were interested in making a bold Syrah. The grapes were in excellent condition having been presorted at the vineyard. The grapes in […]

Tin Lizzie Wineworks: Grapes Arrive

Grapes have arrived at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Howard County, Maryland. Dave Zuchero and Rob Pearre had been waiting at Tin Lizzie all day. By 4:20pm when I arrived, the 18-wheel truck still had not arrived. Dave was excited with anticipation of the arrival of these grapes. He had been told they were […]

Sorting Table Part 2 and a Bit of Chemistry

A large group showed up last Saturday at Vint Hill Craft Winery to sort the Cabernet Sauvignon that had earlier arrived from Arciero Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Rather than dumping the grapes into a hopper, DJ put the box of grapes onto the end of the first sorting table and cut out […]

Sorting the Grapes on a Double Sorting Table

Not all winemakers sort grapes brought to the winery from the vineyards. Of those that do sort grapes, some wineries will use a single sorting table while others may use a double sorting table. One of the reasons that many wineries do not use sorting tables is the added costs to make a […]

Winemaking Online Class, Lesson Three at WSU

I must be getting use to the science, at least the chemistry, part of the class. The third class explored fermentation or the fermentation done by yeast rather than other winemaking fermentations. I thought it was interesting to note that the temperature of the must rises by 1.3º C for each Brix fermented. […]

California Grape Harvest

On a recent visit to California we had the opportunity to video tape harvest. Kathy and I helped Basignani Winery in Maryland, harvest Marechal Foch grapes in 2007. The workers in California put us to shame. They were much faster than we were and selective in what they took from the vine. The […]

Rain, Rain Go Away

I use to say this when I was young. So why on a beautiful fall day with an abundance of bright sunshine would I utter, “rain, rain go away” here in Maryland?

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of grapes from California. At Vint Hill Craft Winery the grapes are coming from Sonoma […]

California Vineyards

Many of us at Vint Hill Craft Winery and Tin Lizzie Wineworks are sourcing grapes from California. Kathy and I just returned from California where we visited vineyards and wineries in Suisun Valley, Lake County, Napa and Sonoma. The largest acreage of vineyards that we visited was Snows Lake Vineyards in Lake County. […]

To Sort or Not to Sort

Had an opportunity to talk with many winemakers while in California. They were different and had different ideas and ways of doing things. Kathy and I saw a great double sorting table at Del Dotto Estate. One person was on the first sorting table removing the larger items. The grapes then went to […]