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  1. JohnW

    My cabinet wine rack plans

    I built these pull out wine racks for my cabinet last year. Since they are a somewhat unique style I had to design them from scratch with some trial and error 🤔 . I really am pleased with how they came out so I am also including a pdf of the design in case somebody else wants to give it a try...
  2. JohnW

    Bottle aging vs. carboy

    I'm sure this topic has come up before but the final step of the WinExpert kit directions says "If choosing to carboy age wine, top-up with a similar style wine and fit with a solid stopper. Bottle aging is the preferred method." Any ideas why bottle aging would be their preferred method? I...
  3. JohnW

    My Covid project

    Three years ago I built a dry bar for liquor and storage which turned out to be mostly for looks. (We don't drink much liquor - Mostly wine or an occasional beer.) I had planned to do wine storage elsewhere but that never happened. I ended up keeping bottles and carboys in the cabinets below...
  4. JohnW

    WineXpert Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Kit

    I'm a big fan of Cotes du Rhone wines and thinking about purchasing the WineXpert World Vineyard Australian Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre Grape Skin 12L Wine Kit. I've only found a few reviews for this kit and hoping that some of you have some experience with it. I'm mostly wondering if it has...
  5. JohnW

    Experimenting with oak

    With the few kits I have made I've never been satisfied with the oak flavors. Instead of adding complexity, the oak flavor, for lack of better words, seems very one dimensional. Maybe it will improve or mellow over time but patience is not one of my strengths. For my next kit, RJ Spagnols...
  6. JohnW

    Hi, I'm new here

    First of all we love wine and I'm looking to learn from others on how to improve my limited winemaking skills. One of the reasons I got into winemaking is we live in northern Virginia and have a large number of outstanding vineyards where we frequently go tasting. Also, I'm married into an...