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you believe that Harvest '09 is practically over? We've been
talking to Winemaker B about the harvest and we now have 3 interviews
with him about Harvest '09 (see below), with more to come. He is
very excited about how it's going. '09 might be a year that you
will want to invest in.
Fall is the best time of the year to go
visit the wineries, especially if you want to see a lot of
action. Most of the grapes are in. The last ones to be
picked are usually the Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet and any grapes for
late harvest wines. There is a lot of action at the wineries with
the open top fermenters filled with redc grapes waiting for that first
fermentation to finish, then the big metal tanks get filled up for the
second fermentation. When that is done the wine barrels get
filled up from the tanks. Lots of great activity happens in the
cellars this time of year. If you go to any winery within the
next month you will be in for a treat. Be sure to ask if you can
go around to the crush pad or into the cellar to see the action.
Don't be shy! If you call ahead you might be able to arrange to
help out with the crush in some aspect.
With Fall in the air,
this means that the holidays are just around the corner. At
ViciVino.com we have a lot of great gift options for your family and
friends who are wine lovers. Sometimes it is difficult, or just
not possible to ship wine as gifts. We have other options from
- We have artwork by Marie Massey who has her art displayed in
galleries in Carmel and Taos. You can buy one of her current
paintings or she can paint one from your photograph so you can have a
keepsake of a special occasion or vacation. She offers different
sizes and prices and will ship the final product anywhere.
WINE BOTTLE STOPPERS
- We also have two "space artists" who work together with art glass and
have designed beautiful, one-of-a-kind, wine bottle stoppers,
paperweights, marbles, jewelry plus much more.
SPECIALTY INTERNATIONAL FOODS
- When you need that special food item for your holiday party, order it
through us. We offer thousands of choices from wonderful olive
oils and balsamic vinegars to a 12 lb. whole leg Serrano ham,
chocolates and cheeses from around the world. All this can be
delivered to your doorstep for all the entertaining or gift giving
needs you have this holiday season and beyond.
WINE BOOKS AND ACCESSORIES
- We have put together a nice selection of books, DVD's and wine
accessories that the wine lover will want to have in his or her bar and
library. We also offer an assortment of children's cookbooks from
beginners to intermediate. It's never too early to have the kids
start cooking in the kitchen!
We have completed, and put up our data on the Temecula region.
If you are ever down in the Los Angeles, Palm Springs or San Diego area
it is not far from there. There are over 35 wineries, good food,
lodging and plenty of other things to do while there. There is
good wine in the region and the tasting rooms for the most part are
huge. The weather is pretty hot in the summer and can be pretty
cool in the winter.
If you have any type of question about wine
and winemaking, please send it to Winemaker B at
email@example.com, as he is more than happy to answer your
questions. Also, if you've had any wine travels, tasting, or
pairing experiences that you would like to share, please write about it
on our discussion forum or blog
It's really so easy to do. If you're not comfortable writing on
our discussion forum just send your article to firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will post it for you. Reading about your experiences adds to all
our knowledge, education, and depth about wine.
Don't worry, drink happy!™
Last month we talked about harvesting the grapes. This month we are going to talk about making white wine.
wine is made from green skinned grapes. After they are havested,
they are then transported with care to the winery as soon as
possible. The grapes are then put into a de-stemmer and are
lightly crushed which brings the juice into contact with yeasts on the
grape skins, stalks, and seeds. This mixture is then pressed and
the juice gets separated from the skins. The juice now gets
pumped into a very large stainless steel tank called a Vinimatic.
Here it will go through its first fermentation. This can take
anywhere from 5-14 days. Depending on the grape it either gets
moved to another stainless steel tank where it will stay until its
ready to be bottled, or, some wines such as chardonnay gets put into
oak barrels to finish its fermenting.
Next month - "Making Red Wines"
man walks into a wine bar and orders five glasses of wine. The
bartender is surprised because the man is alone, but he serves him the
five glasses. The man drinks them one right after the
other. Then he orders four more glasses of wine. The
bartender serves him and the man drinks them right down again.
Then the man orders three glasses and drinks them right down.
he orders one glass of wine. The bartender puts it down in front
of him. And the man stares at the glass trying to focus.
Then he says to the bartender, "Y'know, it'sh a funny t'ing, but the less I drink the drunker I get."
Check out our new data on TEMECULA
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