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Brandon Beginning of harvest '08

Dear Reader,

Can 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 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 our boutique.
     ART - 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, 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 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!

Lori Lapides
October 2009


Making White Wine

Last month we talked about harvesting the grapes.  This month we are going to talk about making white wine.

White 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"

A 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.

Then 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 is a website dedicated to help you learn more about wine region traveling through education:  how each wine region is unique and what it has to offer, the art and science of wine making, some FAQ's on wine etiquette, recipes that go great with different wines, plus much, much more.

Our Website Features:

Articles and Recipes which has the Ask the Winemaker column where our dedicated consultant, Brandon, answers your questions;
Interviews where we get to know different wine industry personalities; Our Haiku Contest; Wine FAQ's, & Food and Wine Pairing Recipes.
Wine Region Info offers you detailed data from wineries and lodging to restaurants, spas and other activities in that wine region.
Educational Wine Tours is where you tell us what you want to see and do on your next wine region getaway, and we will plan it for you from an itinerary style to all inclusive.  We have the Seeker, the Explorer and the Ultimate Adventurer Tours.
Botique is where we sell our unique wine related items such as books, wine glasses, decanters, art, cheeses and chocolates, etc.
Forum or Blog to write about your wine experiences and read what others wine and food lovers have to say.
Links to other companies that are related in someway that we feel would be interesting to you.
About Us - Here you can read the bio of Lori and Larry Lapides, the founders.

Be part of helping our website get off the ground, it's easy!  All you have to do is to forward this newsletter to as many of your friends and family who you think would enjoy reading and learning more about wine and the experiences that traveling in the different wine regions offer.  We would greatly appreciate it.

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Cedar Mountain Winery, Livermore;
Harvest Moon Winery, Santa Rosa;
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