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Wine Making Information

  • Subtle Differences Between White and Red Wines

    Red White WineThe main differences between red and white wines are fairly obvious: they have different colors, are made from different grapes, and typically contain different flavors. But there are also subtle differences between red and white wines that become apparent during and after the wine making process. Continue reading

  • What Is Mulled Wine And How Is It Made?

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    When winter sets in and temperatures start to drop, nothing can warm the bones quite like a good heated beverage. And, while many are familiar with holiday staples like cider, apple pie or Tom and Jerrys, mulled wine often gets overlooked.

    If you haven’t already surmised from the steaming picture at the top of this post, mulled wine is a heated and spiced wine traditionally served during the holiday season. It is spiced in much the same way as other winter or holiday drinks, often utilizing sticks of cinnamon, cloves and citrus fruits along with other spices and sweeteners.  A completed and perfectly flavored mulled wine should illicit the cozy feeling of the season. Continue reading

  • Commonly Used Wine Making Additives and Chemicals

    Wine Making SuppliesSo you have your new wine making kit and all the basic wine making supplies needed to start your first batch, but you’ve noticed a few potential additives and chemicals that have names more suited for chemistry class than wine making.

    Wine additives and chemicals can go a long way in ensuring that your abilities with a wine making kit are optimized, as they do all the little things necessary to make sure your finished product is as delicious as you envisioned. Continue reading

  • Ice Wines Are A Perfect Pairing for Holiday Meals

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    When you’re loosening your belt after a hearty holiday meal of ham or turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie, you’re definitely in the mood for something special for a drink dessert.

    Ports and sherries are the typical answer to your cravings, but to really impress your holiday guests as well as fully satisfy your sweet tooth, imagine breaking out a couple bottles of ice wine fresh from your cellar of homemade wines!

    Creating Ice Wine with a Wine Making Kit

    Ice wine and the process by which it’s made is extremely unique, but if you have the correct wine making supplies, such as the Cabernet Franc Red Ice Wine Style Wine Making Kit, you possess everything necessary to create this often expensive but tasty dessert wine.

    The name “ice wine” comes from the Vidal and Riesling grapes required to make the drink, which ripen later in the growing season than standard wine grapes and are left on the vine through a hard frost. These grapes typically hang well on the vine, and lose a slight amount of water while maintaining their shape and marble-like strength.

    The end result of grapes freezing on the vine is a higher concentration of sugar in a reduced amount of water. Most ice wines are produced in Germany or Ontario, Canada, but the ingredients for the sweet wine can easily be found and produced with your home wine making set-up.

    Ice wine can also include apricot, peach, mango or melon flavors that compliment the naturally-sweetened Vidal or Riesling grapes.

    Enjoy Ice Wines at an Affordable Price

    By utilizing ice wine making supplies, you can make a unique dessert drink in large batches for less money than you would pay for a couple bottles of this expensive treat.

    Dessert wines are an essential end cap to a delicious holiday meal, and ice wine is considered one of the best you can find. Fortunately, your wine making kit is fully equipped for the ice wine making process, saving you a trip to the crowded grocery store and giving your guests more reasons to believe in your mastery of wine making.

  • Wine Pairing Guide for Holiday Meals

    wine pairingsWine and food have been a staple of holiday meals long before the days of turducken, Thanksgiving football, and Christmas presents from Santa Claus.

    Like beer pairings with various holiday food options, drinking the right wine with the right type of food plays a huge part in highlighting the best flavors of both items. Unlike beer, wine options are as plentiful as customers in a shopping mall on Black Friday, and the choices aren’t just red and white, so to speak. Continue reading

  • What Gives Wine Its Color?

    One thing you certainly know about wine, even if you don’t know a lot about the subject, is that different wines are of different colors. Obviously, there are the three broad categories of white, red and rose (also known as blush) wines, but even within these groups there are many variations in color. A white wine may have a slight greenish tint, a pale straw or honey toned color to it or even be so light in color as to be nearly clear. By the same token, reds range from light reds to inky purple-black in hue. What accounts for these differences? If you’re curious, then keep reading – we’ll cover the most important factors which influence the color of wine below. Continue reading

  • How To Reuse Your Old Wine And Beer Bottles

    One of the wine making supplies which home vintners find themselves purchasing time and time again is bottles. Obviously, there’s no point in making wine which you can’t bottle and age; but you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to recycle or throw away those old bottles which you’ve used for previous batches of homemade wine. You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you most certainly can pour new wine into old bottles – as long as you follow a few simple steps, of course. Continue reading

  • An Introduction To The History Of Wine

    No one knows for sure when wine making really began, but like many of the world’s other culinary miracles, this was no doubt originally an accidental discovery.

    From the first time someone discovered that their “spoiled” grapes or grape juice was actually anything but, people have been actively working on producing wine – and the technologies and techniques have continually improved over the centuries. Continue reading

  • How Long Will It Take To Make My First Batch Of Homemade Wine?

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    If you’re just getting started making your own wine at home, you’re probably wondering just how long it’s going to be before you can finally pull the cork on a bottle of your first batch of homemade wine and pour a glass to toast your achievement. Continue reading

  • Where Does Your Wine Come From?

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    As a home wine maker, you’re probably about to say – wine comes from the wine making equipment in my garage/kitchen/etc. However, what we’re talking about here isn’t where a particular bottle happens to have been made but rather where certain styles of wine originated. As you probably already know, virtually all wines are made from the fruit of vitis vinifera. Continue reading

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