Bottling our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

After almost 21 months in barrel, it was time to bottle our Atlas Peak AVA, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We received the grapes from Stagecoach Vineyards on October 20th, 2012. After destemming and placing the grapes in a fermentation bin, we selected a yeast to add to the grapes. During the week of fermentation we […]

Winemaking Yeast Selection: Not as Simple as in the Kitchen

Our must was rather cold yesterday so we decided to hold off adding yeast until today. A winemaker has a vast selection of yeasts to chose from. In the kitchen, Kathy usually has a choice of using Red Star yeast or Fleischmann’s yeast for her baking. That’s not much of a choice. Winemakers on the […]

Destemming and Crush 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

We destemmed and crushed the Cabernet Sauvignon yesterday at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland. Now that we know what we are doing before we do it, the process is much faster. Check out the short one-minute video.

Cheers, Terry


Destemming & Crushing Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon

Our grapes arrived from Stagecoach Vineyards in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley. They were harvested last week and were in pristine condition. There were 23 lugs of grapes awaiting Kathy and my arrival early Saturday morning. The first thing we did was to taste the grapes. They were very flavorful with seeds that […]

Grapes Traveling

Harvested just a couple days ago, our Cabernet Sauvignon from Stagecoach Vineyards are in a refrigerated truck making their way to the east coast. I was curious as to the number of growing degree days in Napa. Data for Oakville in Napa Valley put the growing degree days over the 2400 mark. This is a […]

Almost Ready to Harvest

It is a bit more difficult to follow the harvest when it is a few thousand miles away. Growing degree days is just one measurement. In the Oakville area of Napa the number of growing degree days as of 10/2 reached 2344. Of course the number will be different from one area to another. Cabernet […]

2145 and Counting

2145 and counting. That is the number of growing degree days in the Oakville area of Napa. We are sourcing grapes from Stagecoach Vineyards in the Atlas Peak area of Napa Valley. Their growing degree days would be slightly different. We heard from Dave Zuchero, winemaker at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland, that the […]

Almost a Year After Bottling

People have commented that wine is a living thing. It changes and evolves in a wine bottle. It is easy to understand how it evolves while in French oak for twenty months. But it also changes in the bottle? Early last August we bottled our 2009 Illuminatus Cabernet Sauvignon we crafted at Vint Hill Craft […]

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 […]

Cabernet Sauvignon Aging Nicely

We had an opportunity to stop by Vint Hill Craft Winery yesterday to taste our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon still in a French oak barrel. The last time we tasted it was last summer. Wow! What a difference eight months can make. The fruity character of the wine was present as it was last summer, a […]