What, No Wine Aging?

After bottling our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon earlier this month, my youngest son Kevin, asked what other wines did we have in the making. When I told him none he was reflective and said that this was the first time since 2008 that we didn’t have something aging. Well, we couldn’t let that last for long.


Wine Room Survives Rare East Coast Earthquake

I finished construction of my new wine room two weeks ago. Just a few pieces of trim are still needed to completely finish. I remember going way overboard when installing the wine racks. I shook them vigorously to see if I could move them. If I could, additional screws were used to anchor them to […]

Bottling the 09 Cab

It took longer to drive to Vint Hill Craft Winery than bottle our barrel of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. DJ, Vint Hill’s winemaker, had the bottling machine steam cleaned and cooled by the time we arrived. Our wine was racked into a stainless steel tank that was connected to the bottling machine. The first task was […]

Bottling Today – Graduation

We’re just hours away from bottling our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon we crafted at Vint Hill Craft Winery in Virginia. This day feels like a graduation, however, it is just one more step in the process of making wine. Although the wine has aged in a French oak barrel, Ana Sélection for almost 21 months, the […]

Barrel Won’t Fit in Wine Cellar

Several years ago I built a wine cellar. Walls were paneled, Ikea wine racks were assembled and old wine corks were cut into quarter round and half round to use as molding. The capacity of the small area was seven cases. It served well until now.

For the past two years we were making a […]