Winemaking or vinification, is the production of wine, starting with selection of the grapes or other produce and ending with bottling the finished wine. Although most wine is made from grapes, it may also be made from other fruits or plants. Mead is a wine that is made with honey being the primary ingredient after water.Winemaking can be divided into two general categories: still wine production (without carbonation) and sparkling wine production (with carbonation — natural or injected).The science of wine and winemaking is known as oenology. A person who makes wine is traditionally called a winemaker or vintner.
Posts about Winemaking
  • Unified Symposium 2015: It’s All About Strategy

    … by the President of Jackson Family Wines, Rick Tigner. It looks like an incredibly fun talk going over important issues such as constraints of label growth, foreign market opportunities, and sustainability challenges and costs. After that I am torn between a Marketing/ PR session entitled “Content is King” and a Winemaking session focused…

    Nova Cadamatre- 2 readers -
  • Pain & Sulfuring.

    … that heavenly Brunello in Tuscany (and still felt great the next day). And sulfites are present in wine even when they’re not present on a warning label. The Sancerre or Chianti you enjoyed in Europe is the same wine you enjoyed when you returned to New Jersey. That rotten egg aroma you detect is just the breeze from Camden. ¹ The law wasn’t enacted…

    Don Carter/ 2 readers -
  • Seven compelling picks from VINTAGES for January 24

    … Tuscan kind. Fun Sangiovese. Tasted January 2015 @chianticlassico Vignobles De Balma Vénitia Cuvée Saint Roch Vacqueyras 2011, Ac Rhône, France (4003822, $24.95, WineAlign) Delicious smelling Vacqueyras, of pure red fruit distillation, bursting berries and a smouldering of warm earth. Breath deeply and it doth not burn at all, a sign of great…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Syrah Riesling Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Cold Soaks and Color Extraction: My Observations

    … phenolic analysis by Adams-Harbertson assay every day for EVERY high end red during fermentation. This was mainly Cabernet Sauvignon but also included Merlot and Cabernet Franc. We also looked at Pinot Noir just for the fun of it but we determined that the rules that govern phenolic extraction in Bordeaux varieties just don’t apply to Pinot Noir…

    Nova Cadamatrein Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Merlot- 3 readers -
  • With harvest but a memory, Dreamcôte winemakers focus on spring releases

    … In October, Zotovich pulled a sample of fermenting grenache that will soon be bottled and released as the 2014 Dreamcôte Wine Co. Rosé. On Oct. 24, when I sampled it, straight out of a bin and still fermenting, the 2014 Dreamcôte Wine Co. grenache rosé juice already radiated passion-fruit freshness packed into a bright magenta hue. Winemaker…

    Central Coast Wine Press- 8 readers -
  • Single varietal Spanish wine

    … of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Gamay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The viticultural right of assemblage is one of the perks in modern winemaking, propped up by and standing on the shoulders of Bordeaux giants. The blending of grapes in summations to argue that the whole is the proper gross…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Riesling- 9 readers -
  • Coming wine from the cold

    … Boutari Naoussa 2010, Monasterio De Las Viñas Reserva 2006, Keint He Voyageur Chardonnay 2012, Quercecchio Rosso Di Montalcino 2012, Villa Mora Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2008, Vina Real Crianza 2010, Finca Del Marquesado Gran Reserva 2004, Driftwood The Collection Cabernet Merlot 2012 Is there another time of year that creeps under the skin like…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Merlot Chardonnay- 7 readers -
  • The Top 22 Wines I tasted during 2014

    … Let me be the first to acknowledge that yes, I need to venture further afield, because all of these wines are grown and produced in Santa Barbara County — not that there’s anything wrong with that fact — and yes, I’m posting this list late, as it’s already 2015. Oh well. My disclaimer: I have personally tasted all of these wines, either…

    Central Coast Wine Press- 5 readers -
  • Of Esters & MLFs.

    …, the flavor becomes more buttery and may eventually resemble the flavor of butterscotch. This buttery trait has been the hallmark of California Chardonnay dating all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. As is often the case with New World winemaking, this style can be overdone. When the wine buying public grows weary of the excessiveness of domestic…

    Don Carter/ winesnark.comin Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • Contino, McDonald and the Vine

    … The Rioja Reservas of Bodega Viñedos del Contino Near the end of September, at the invite of two exceptionally grounded wine men, Rob Groh and Derek Kranenborg of The Vine Wine Agency, I attended a tasting at Cava Restaurant with Technical Director Jesús Madrazo of Rioja’s Bodega Viñedos del Contino. With former Cava Chef Chris McDonald…

    Michael Godel/ Godello- 6 readers -
  • “Thursday’s Bottle” reunites for session of festive sparkling wines

    … Welcome back to the second “Thursday’s Bottle,” an occasional adventure in blind tastings and wine reviews. The Thursday’s Bottle series debuted in October of last year when the “panel” tasted three grenaches. Read it here As I noted with the grenache review, we’re a small group of food and wine geeks as serious as serious can be. We taste, talk…

    Central Coast Wine Press- 3 readers -
  • Larner Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

    … Oftentimes when I visit a winery, I find that I enjoy meeting the people involved in making the wine just as much as I enjoy the wine itself. Such was the case when I visited Larner Vineyard & Winery in Los Olivos, CA. Larner Wines I’m fascinated by the winemaking process and am always excited when I get to chat with a winemaker I admire…

    Wine-ding Road Blogin Syrah- 3 readers -
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