What is Brix? Winemaking Secrets

    If you’ve ever traveled to wine country or glanced at a wine bottle tech sheet then you’ve probably come across the words “Brix” with a number after it, such as 19.5, 23 or sometimes up to 26. Brix measures must levels (sugar) in wine grapes that ultimately determines how much alcohol a wine will have. Learn the secrets to what Brix tells you on a wine stat sheet.

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      From VINTAGES for Thanksgiving, in wine and with song

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      This Crush Is Almost Done

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      A cultivated tale of two Okanagan wineries

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