Winemaking

Everyone knows that good grapes make world-class wine. But in recent years, the quality of wine kits has improved enough to impress even the most dedicated fresh-fruit purist. Besides offering first-time winemakers an easy introduction to the hobby, wine kits offer experts a chance to makes wines from grape-growing regions around the world. Some varietals simply aren't grown in North America, or are grown in quantities too small to supply the home winemaking market. Would a vineyard have enough surplus Nebbiolo or Viognier to ship you a few cases? Doubtful. But high-quality varietal wine kits are available nationwide at any...

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Skeeter Pee I would like to share a recipe for one of my absolute favorite summertime beverages. Skeeter Pee! You may have heard of it or maybe you haven’t, but this is probably one of the most popular wine recipes on the internet, and it is so easy and inexpensive to make. It’s so popular it has it’s own website! I have to warn you though, if you make this and serve it to family and friends you will be on the hook to make it every year at this time because it is a definite crowd pleaser. What is...

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A question we get a lot at the store is, what is the difference between a #8 and a #9 wine cork? A #8 cork is 22mm in diameter and a #9 cork is 24mm in diameter. The benefit of a #9 cork is it will seal tighter and is for long term storage of the wine. (More than 2 years) We do not recommend using #9 corks if you are using a hand corker. You should definitely have a floor corker to use #9 corks. #8 corks are recommended if you are using a hand corker or wing corker...

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