Finally, Bottled the Peach Wine

When we started making wine in 2008 we had to learn about patience. Our mead took ten months to clear, and we were forewarned to be patient. Where do you draw the line between patience and procrastination? We finally bottled our peach wine today. It could have been bottled months ago, however, we procrastinated. Kathy […]

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 […]

Bottling Petite Sirah

I began fermenting the Petite Sirah on October 1st 2010 from a six-gallon container of juice sourced from Lodi, California. At only 19 brix, I did add two and a half pounds of sugar to raise the brix level to 22.5. Fermentation was completed in a couple of weeks. The wine was racked and placed […]

Bottling Day

I’ve been collecting bottles for the past few months. After finishing the wine, the bottles are rinsed and then placed in a wine rack. However I am paranoid about cleaning the wine bottles. After retrieving the bottles from the wine cellar, I placed them in the dishwasher and ran the SaniWash cycle. I did not […]

Is Bottling the Final Phase of Winemaking?

The process of winemaking is long. Even those, who make wine at home from kits, must wait for several weeks. They are advised to wait longer after bottling to consume the wine. If you make wine from grapes, the wait is going to be longer often months or years. Groups making wine at Tin Lizzie […]