The rewards and frustrations of home winemaking

Monthly archive: 06 2010

Best of Class Award and Silver Medal at SD County Fair!

I entered two wines into the San Diego County Fair Homemade wine competition: ‘Bahia Belle’ Bordeaux Blend, a 50/50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot made from fresh grapes, and ‘Sail Bay Sundown’ RJ Spagnols Argentinian Trio Limited Release white blend.ย  One of my fellow winemakers also entered the same cabernet sauvignon and merlot as […]

Barolo 8-month Tasting

It is really too early to be opening this wine, but I was dying to try it.ย  Definitely has that “kit nose”, that weird “soapy” scent that most red kits have (but do lose over time).ย  I used a Riedle balloon glass for this tasting, no decanting.ย  The nose is dominated by “kit scent”.ย  Very […]

Barrel Tasting and Testing

I popped by to check on the merlot and petite sirah in barrels at my friends’ office.ย  While I was there I took some samples to test for free SO2. Last time I tasted these wines there was no detectable oak, which was not expected from barrels that have only been used once so far.ย  […]