The rewards and frustrations of home winemaking

Monthly archive: 07 2010

Cleaning Airlocks

We are planning to bottle the syrah soon, and I will also probably bottle the primitivo as well. The merlot and petite sirah in the barrels have not picked up enough oak for our tastes, so we’re going to leave them for another year. I realized I haven’t cleaned out the airlocks on my carboys […]

Ramona Valley Vineyard Association Summer Social

John and Paula York hosted the annual Ramona Valley Vineyard Association summer social at Hellanback Ranch. It was HOT, even in the shade, but such a beautiful location.ย  Everyone brought wine and a side dish, and John grilled up home grown and raised beef burgers — they were SO good.ย  We got to taste a […]

Visit to Fallbrook Winery

We visited Fallbrook Winery yesterday with some of our friends.ย  It has been unusually cold and dreary around San Diego, but the sun eventually came out later in our tour.ย  We were greeted by Vernon Kindred, one of the winemakers at Fallbrook.ย  He walked us through some of the vineyards while describing the growing season […]