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DIY – Building A Wine Cellar 2010

So, I have started building a wine cellar here at the winery. This will be my personal cellar, and not attached to the winery, but I will use it for both until I get bonded. I wanted to get in some practice building something like this so that when I expand and build a . . . → Read More: DIY – Building A Wine Cellar 2010

Malolactic Fermentation bubbles in Viognier Wine 2010



Here we have a gallon of Viognier Wine just after the primary fermentation now undergoing MLF or Malolactic Fermentation. This MLF process converts malic acid to lactic acid + CO2. People often wonder what the process looks like and how it compares to the primary fermentation. Here you can see very small bubbles . . . → Read More: Malolactic Fermentation bubbles in Viognier Wine 2010

Punching down the Cap (Pigeage) 2010 Shiraz

What is a cap?

The cap is the layer of grape skins that are pushed up during fermentation where the must contains whole or crushed grapes. When the fermentation process begins, yeast eats away sugar, and spits out alcohol, heat, and carbon dioxide gas (CO2). This CO2 when it is released floats to the . . . → Read More: Punching down the Cap (Pigeage) 2010 Shiraz

Shiraz and Viognier happily bubbling away…

The 40 gallons of Shiraz and 6 gallons of Viognier is slowly bubbling away. I have been punching down the red Shiraz wine 3 times a day. Here you can see why. The yeast bubbles CO2 gas up to the top, which brings up the grape skins to the top as well. They get . . . → Read More: Shiraz and Viognier happily bubbling away…

Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested

I know, I said I was going to try and wait until next weekend to harvest these, but it would seem that I still have some learning to do when it comes to determining when to harvest. The pH levels were at 3.4 just 5 days ago, and today there were at 3.5. It . . . → Read More: Shiraz and Voignier grapes harvested