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  1. NorCal

    Wine for 1st Grandson's 21st bday!

    Make a port and change the cork every 5 years.
  2. NorCal

    roses for early detection of mildew

    In the vineyard community that I managed, we had roses at the end of every row of grapes. Roses are the canary in the tunnel.
  3. NorCal

    Question regarding go ferm evolution

    I see go-ferm, ferm K/O, MLF nutrient like buying insurance. Especially when spending $1,000 on a half-ton of grapes, it is cheap insurance to assure you have adequate nutrients, although I'm sure it would ferment just fine in most cases.
  4. NorCal

    Wine does not last long once opened

    When you say “harsh”, what are you tasting? More acidic, different flavors?
  5. NorCal

    Making the best wine from what the vineyard gives you

    I have 3 varietals in the vineyard; Zin, Syrah, Cab Sauv. Last year I netted 50 gallon Syrah, 60 gallon Zin and 30 gallon Cab Sauv. The Syrah is the best grape in the vineyard, just not a fan of Zin, but Zin grapes are what they should be and the Cab Sauv should not have been planted; just too...
  6. NorCal

    Delayed bud break

    The vineyard has been through 3 owners, only the first knew what they were doing. I make a trade off each season on rehab, aesthetics and fruit production to slowly bring the vineyard around.
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    Delayed bud break

    Starting to think about my suckering strategy.
  8. NorCal

    White wine seems carbonated

    Yes, CO2. There are degassing techniques you can do, or simply give it time. Once you bottle it, the CO2 is there to stay, so make sure you are happy with the taste profile before you put the cork in. I have Chardonnay that is 6 months old and still needs some more time. The retention of...
  9. NorCal

    Perpetual blending new vintage with prior years

    I have a vineyard that produces 30 gallons worth of Cab Sauv. I have 30 gallons of Cab from 2023 in two 15 gallon spiedels. My plans is to co-ferment (alcohol & mlf) the 2024 crop then combine the 2023 and 2024 into a 60 gallon barrel. I will then let in age until 2025, where I will bottle 30...
  10. NorCal

    H2S (Rotten Egg) Smell during mid primary

    Aggressively splash rack, it should blow off. Don’t wait, the earlier and the more aggressive you are in treating it, the better.
  11. NorCal

    Your.. Own wine / Bought wine?

    95% my own
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    Less is more? Your approach to wine making?

    I’ve found that there are two types of winemakers. Ones that have a regiment that they stick to regardless of the situation and ones that whose baseline is do nothing and only do things based on the situation. I’ll explain. Winemaker #1 - Wants the wine to be dictated by the grapes. The...
  13. NorCal

    Air introduced during bulk aging transfer

    It was probably co2 coming out of solution that you observed. Wine is pretty hardy early on.
  14. NorCal

    2024, What are your plans?

    I must pull back on the reins this year! It’s crazy how this hobby unintentionally expands until something hits a hard limit. 60 gallon barrel estate Zin 60 gallon barrel estate Syrah 30 gallon Spiedel estate Cab Sauv 5 gallon a tbd white wine This assumes a similar yield as last year, which...
  15. NorCal

    The best homemade wine ever tasted

    Some barrel tasting. And all the leftovers (whites, reds) blended together and a “Frankenstein” bottle for everyone to take home. We opened the Frankenstein bottle from last year and it was pretty darn good.
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    The best homemade wine ever tasted

    Fun tasting with our group tonight. Barrel tasting, recently bottled and some state fair award winners shared. Among the group @4score, @Busabill, @crushday delivered some very nice wines. However, the wine that stole the show for me was this one. Better than many $100+ bottles I’ve had...
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    I adjust the sugar to taste. Below is my proportions and an email I wrote to a buddy that was making a large batch. I use a lot of lemons and shows how much sugar as a baseline. ———— 1.5L of everclear 60% abv The zest of 20 lemons 3.5 cups of white sugar 5 cups of filtered water ————-...
  18. NorCal

    Wine crystals

    Storing in bulk under 40 degrees will help facilitate the fallout.
  19. NorCal

    Make white wine out of red grapes

    When I make a rose while doing saignee, I typically remove the juice immediately, then add juice on the skins to color the rose to my liking. Even when pulling right away, it is still has some color to it. I remember taking a picture, I’ll try to find.
  20. NorCal

    Starting MLF with Chardonnay

    It’s happened to me as well. Crazy reaction. You’ll be fine. I think in reality, very little mlb is necessary for the wine to successfully complete mlf.