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Brandon Beginning of harvest '08

Dear Reader,

I know, you're saying... Where is  Are they still around?  Where in the world is Lori?  Well, yes we are still here, alive and kickin'.  I have continued to be busy with, but due busy lives, (as you will read below), not to mention working around another part-time job, things have been pushed back a bit.

So much has happened since we last chatted.  Of course, as a lot of you know the most exciting thing is that I became a grandmother!  Elliana Nita was born April 29th.  She is almost 3 months old now and her personality is starting to shine.  Brandon and Kim are very proud and good parents.  I've been visiting them about every other week to watch her grow.  Other exciting news is that Larry and I turned 50, our son Jacob graduated with his masters in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and Brandon became head winemaker at Armida Winery in Healdsburg, CA.  If you can handle it, there are a couple more milestones, Larry and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and we are getting ready to have a party to celebrate the engagement Jacob and Brittany.  Such a busy Spring/Summer!

Things will begin to quiet down starting Labor Day weekend.  I'm actually looking forward to that.  Of course, as my life will start to slow down or at least get back to the new norm, Harvest 2010 will be starting.  This year the vintage has a very good chance of being one of the best in a long time.  With all the rain this Spring and a pretty cool Summer, depending on how fast harvest comes in it could be a great year for the grapes.  In the past 5 years my favorite vintage has been 2007, especially for Pinot Noir.  What's yours?

Now is a good time to start planning your Fall escapes to different wineries in the California region.  Don't forget to use to check out all the data and information we have on our website to make your travels easier.  Did you ever check out the live interviews we did with Winemaker B for harvest 2008 and 2009?  Have you looked at our recipes and wine pairing lately?  What about all the unique gifts we offer in our Boutique?  Please use and abuse our website.  That's what it's there for.

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

July 2010


Making Red Wine

In the last newsletter we talked about making white wine.  This month we are going to talk about making red wine.

Red wine is made from red/black grapes.  Much of the character of the red wine comes from tannins, which are chemicals in the skins and seeds of the grapes.  They play a key role in the aging of a red wine.  During crushing the stems and stalks are removed.  The grapes are then lightly crushed to release their juices, thus allowing fermentation to begin as quickly as possible.

Both juices and skins are put in a fermentation vat, where conditions are subject to very strict temperature control.  Grape solids give the juice color and tannins.  After fermentation on skins, free-run wine is drained off, and solids squeezed to release press-wine.  Most wine at this point are put into oak casks or stainless-steel tanks to age.  Racking (running wine off sediment) and fining (clarifying wine) may be part of the process.  After a number of months the winemaker will then begin the blending process if there is going to be any and then the wines will be bottled.  Once in the bottle there can be an additional waiting period which could be as short as two months or as long as the winemaker feels it will take to be ready for sale.

Next newsletter - "How is Sparkling Wine Made?"

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Woodenhead Vintners
Forestville, CA
Hidden Creek Winery, Livermore;
Peachy Canyon Winery, Paso Robles;
Cedar Mountain Winery, Livermore;
Harvest Moon Winery, Santa Rosa;
Mitchell Katz Winery, Livermore;
Benovia Winery,
Santa Rosa;
Dark Star Cellars,
Paso Robles;
Emtu Estate Winery,
Russian River Valley;
Murphy Goode Winery, Healdsburg;

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