Wine Making Information

  • Oak Barrels and Oak Alternatives in Home Winemaking

    Barrels and Staves and Cubes, Oh My!

    Oak Barrels Picture of rack of oak barrels


    You’ve done it! You’ve made your very first batch of wine. You crushed the grapes yourself, taken countless hydrometer readings, checked the acid levels, waited what has seemed like forever.

    It’s time to bottle – but before you do, you give it a taste and something is missing. You can’t put your finger on it. This is good, sure, but it’s not as smooth as you’d like, or not as complex. It doesn’t finish on your palate quite right.

    What could it be? Did you miss an important step? Did the fermentation not go as well as you thought? What is this je ne sais quoi that is missing?

    Could it be oak?

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  • The Easiest Wine Recipe Ever

    The Easiest Wine Recipe Ever

    Here in the Midwest, we’re not exactly known for our mild, pleasant winters. Don’t get me wrong, in the summer we have fantastic fruit - cherries, peaches, blueberries, strawberries - all of which make fantastic wine. But, in the winter, however:


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  • 4th of July Strawberry Wine

    Strawberry-WineNothing is as true to summer quite like strawberries are: strawberry pie, strawberry smoothies, strawberry festivals, strawberry jam, U-Pick strawberry patches. My mom used to make sun tea on the porch with halved strawberries in the pitcher to sweeten it – something I still love to do. Our kids will pluck them right out of the garden and devour them whole, red juice staining their faces and clothes until bath time.

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  • Summer Wine: Blueberry Season

    Summer Time Blueberry Wine

    Picture of blueberries for wine recipe

    So, you’ve taken your kids to the blueberry patch and now you have a few cases with juice all over their faces are precious – we still have to find something to do with all of our freshly picked blueberries. How many smoothies, fruit salads, and blueberry pie can you make before you’re all blueberry’d out, and ready for something new? Lucky for you, we have a fantastic blueberry wine recipe that is incredibly easy to make!of blueberries. While those memories made of our kiddos running through blueberry bushes 

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  • Fruit Wines Are A Great Option For Your Wine Making Kit

    Using a home wine making kit to produce popular grape-based wines such as pinot noirs, cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, and pinot grigios can sometimes feel like you’ve been down that road before. However, if you’re looking to make something new, there are many delicious fruit wine options at your disposal.

    While it’s not necessarily recommended for a complete novice, it also isn’t as hard as you might think to create wine from fruit.

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  • Wine Tastings Are A Great Way To Give Your Homemade Wines Exposure

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    If you’re even mildly experienced with making wine at home, most of your friends and family members have probably tried one of your homemade wines. But how do you ensure that they try all of your creations? Host a wine tasting party!

    A wine tasting party is an easy, social way to expose all of your friends to your wine making skills and have a good time while you’re at it. Continue reading

  • Spring Wines Worthy Of Your Wine Making Kit

    Red White WineSpring is a time of fresh renewal, better temperatures, and of course, spring time wines! You’ll obviously want to tailor your wine making kit endeavors to the coming season for maximize enjoyment of both the wine and the season.

    Given the warmer, more comfortable spring climate and greener colors, a lighter white wine would make sense as your ideal next wine making kit creation. But if white wines are not your forte/favorite, there are red wines that are just as refreshing in the spring time. Continue reading

  • Surprising Facts About Napa Valley Wineries

    Napa Valley wine making

    When you think about wine made in the United States, the Napa Valley region of California is often the first place that comes to mind. That’s not surprising when you realize that the county houses an enormous collective acreage of vineyards. Continue reading

  • Strange Wine and Winery Names

    Wine Making LabelsWine labels often catch your attention through colorful artwork or clever names that read like they're straight from a headline on the Onion. Those striking labels and punny names will stick with you long enough to mention in a future conversation, or if you're a home wine maker, as an inspiration for the name of your next batch of wine.

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  • Five Common Wine Myths Debunked

    Wine Making MythsMuch like beer and brewing, there are many myths about wine and wine making running rampant throughout bars, households, and social gatherings of all kinds. We’ve decided to look into five of the biggest wine rumors and set the record straight. Continue reading

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