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Or my excursion into winemaking

My first effort at making my own wine was in the late 1960’s (I was a teenager about 17 years old) in Florida trying to make orange wine.  Not knowing anything about, it was less than successful (miserable failure is a good description).   Fast forward 40 years, and here I go again, but this time I spent more time and effort learning what to do.  Where possible I will place worthwhile references under the links heading.

The current stroy is at: Making Wine with the previous stories listed by episode. I have added a new page showing my labels.

2017 Napa/Sonoma Fires!

While not directly affected (other than very bad smoke in the air).  I realize that this is going to impact a lot of wine makers and lovers.  Besides the wineries burnt have heard of six ome wine makers burnt out also, probably a lot more.

Crush 2017

For 2017 my first was a Primitiv/Zinfandle blush.  Picked the grapes on 2 September 2017 at Petersen Vineyards in Knightsen, CA.  For the second I went back to Petersen vineyards on 10 September and got about 200 lbs of must (crushed and destemmed) of Primitivo (or some would say a Zinfandel).  17 September 2017, pressed the Primitivo and have two 6 gallon carboys to which I have added MLF bacteria.  I also racked the blush and added about 2 oz of medium toast American oak.

3 December racked the Primitivo/Zinfandel and the cider.  Now into aging for several months.

Also doing some apple wine from cold pressed juice from Sebastapol (and hope they are still okay).

Don't forgot to see the pictures in the gallery!



MIke Albrecht

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