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  1. NorCal replied to the thread Aging in clay pots.

    Are they airtight vessels? I’ve always wondered how good the wines made back then really were.

    Aug 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM
  2. NorCal replied to the thread Sangiovese PH 3.9.

    I’ve bottled plenty of 3.9 pH wine. I target consumption within 5 years and haven’t had a problem yet. Adding tartaric would be for...

    Aug 17, 2019 at 3:12 PM
  3. NorCal replied to the thread Germinating seeds from pomace.

    Thank goodness they don't grow. I've scattered hundreds of pounds of pumice around our yard in the first few years, much to the Mrs....

    Aug 15, 2019 at 1:06 AM
  4. NorCal replied to the thread It's Happening!!!.

    Last year we were at 23.7, 3.5 pH. The higher pH is typical for us in the Sierra Foothills due to the warmer (than Napa) evenings.

    Aug 14, 2019 at 8:05 PM
  5. NorCal replied to the thread It's Happening!!!.

    I’m seeing the same in Nor Cal Sierra Foothills, grapes are 1-2 weeks behind last year. Lots of rain in the winter and a somewhat cool...

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:45 PM
  6. NorCal replied to the thread Viognier...here we go again? What should I do different?.

    3 yeasts. You are serious!

    Aug 13, 2019 at 7:58 PM
  7. NorCal replied to the thread Viognier...here we go again? What should I do different?.

    @4score and I had a yeast discussion yesterday. We used D47 last year, this year, on a recommendation, we are going to use Rhône 4600....

    Aug 13, 2019 at 3:54 PM
  8. NorCal replied to the thread Viognier...here we go again? What should I do different?.

    I was reading this Viognier article that @4score sent me and it is funny that both our locations were specifically named for Viognier....

    Aug 12, 2019 at 7:35 PM
  9. NorCal posted a new thread.

    Top ten keys to making good red wine

    I was asked this the other day and thought it would be a fun post. Here is mine. What is yours? 1. Good fruit 2. Proper sanitation...

    Forum: General Wine Making Forum

    Aug 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  10. NorCal replied to the thread First Big Investment - Input.

    I have found that my best wines involved doing as little as possible. I would only filter the wine if there is a reason you need to do...

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:34 AM
  11. NorCal replied to the thread First Big Investment - Input.

    Nice start on the equipment to make carboy quantities of wine. Don’t count on filtering to remove bacteria or yeast, only fine...

    Aug 10, 2019