Tag Archives: Winemaking

Women Winemakers We Love: Caroline Diel

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Elisabetta Foradori

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Cathy Corison

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Women Winemakers We Love: Arianna Occhipinti

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and as a general nod to our own unique roots, background and inspiration, we’re featuring a number of our favorite female winemakers over the next month. These are women from around the … Continue reading

Back to Basics: What’s Yeast

Yeast is one of the most important parts of winemaking; in fact it’s the key ingredient that makes fermentation possible. There are thousands of varieties of yeast… but only one is important to winemaking: Saccharomyces cerevisiae — possibly the most … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Bottling a Wine and Bottle-Aging

Bottling Most of the time, this is done with a bottling line, a mechanical system that pours the wine into clean bottles, then seals them with a cork or capsule and finishes the process by attaching a label. For smaller … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Fining and Filtering a Wine

Fining and/or filtering Even if you racked your wine multiple times, there will still be tiny, invisible particles floating around in it. (If you didn’t rack, the particles may in fact be visible.) You can choose to leave them be, … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Racking a Wine

Racking This process involves another transfer of the wine, from one container to another. Often, wines will simply be racked from one barrel into another of the same type. This seemingly small step does two things: First, it drains the … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Aging Wine Sur-Lie or Lees Stirring

Aging Sur-Lie or Lees Stirring Lees are tiny, particulate bits of matter in the wine — bits of grape skin, pulp, tartrates, and mostly the leftover, spent yeast cells from the fermentation. Sometimes winemakers leave their white wines resting on the lees for … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Barrel-Aging a Wine

Barrel-aging You have a lot of choices when it comes to the type of oak barrels in which you age your wine. First there’s the type of oak: There are hundreds of types of oak tree! Each has a slightly … Continue reading