White Cabernet Sauvignon Placed in Refrigerator

Our first white Cabernet Sauvignon needed to be racked. With only 1 1/2 gallons, by the time I finished racking I had 1 1/4 gallons and a little to taste. The aroma and taste reminded me of red berries. This is a different tasting profile for the Cabernet Sauvignons that ferments on the skins and […]

Another Option to Make Wine

Vint Hill Craft Winery in Warrenton, Virginia is beginning another program for wine enthusiasts to make wine. The winery is offering home winemaking classes. Participants will work one-on-one with winemaker Ashton Lough for four classes to make wine. Each class lasts for two hours. By the end of the last class, participants can take their […]

Racking Off the Gross Lees

Some do. Some don’t. We did. A week after pressing our Cabernet Sauvignon, we racked the wine off the gross lees (dead yeast cells). We actually racked into a stainless steel tank. Then Terry rolled the barrel to a barrel stand that has wheels on it. Kathy and Terry turned the barrel with the bung […]

Making White Wine from Red Wine Grapes

We have two different batches of a Cabernet Sauvignon fermenting and aging at home; however, they are not the usual Cabernet Sauvignon. We are experimenting making a white Cabernet Sauvignon. One batch is from Cabernet Sauvignon that I picked up at Pearmund Cellars in Virginia. I collected a couple gallons of juice after the grapes […]

Pressing and Racking to Barrel

After a couple weeks of post fermentation maceration we decided to press our wine and put into a Taransaud barrel. Yesterday, I filled the barrel with water. Today we emptied the water. While it was pouring out of the barrel, we put some in a wine glass to observe. The water had a slight honey […]

Prepping a Tonnellerie Taransaud

There wasn’t much to do to prepare one of the barrels for the journey it will take wine. We simply filled the barrel with water and let it sit over night. This wasn’t much of a task, however for the winemaker that has multiple barrels, it can become time consuming. The Tonnellerie Taransaud website had […]

A Wine Journey Book

Kathy and my wine journey began in ernest in 2004. It involves three wine-related areas including: learning about wine, winemaking at home and at wineries and wine travel. Our book, A Wine Journey, includes four chapters related to winemaking.

Birth of a Winemaker Crafting Wine at a Winery Tin Lizzie Wineworks Cabernet/Merlot Winemaking Journey Continues


Turning Water into Wine

In the Bible there is an account (John 2:1-11) of Jesus turning water into wine. He did this instantly without adding anything to the water. Can winemakers though turn water into wine? Yes, they can. Wait a moment, Kathy’s waiting for a lightning bolt to strike!

Last weekend Kathy and I brought home 25 gallons […]