merlot

How to Prep for International Merlot Day {11-7-17} *Sponsored*

8 months ago threadsandvino 0
Why Merlot? Why NOT Merlot?! Ever since the movie Sideways, Merlot has gotten a bad rep. Merlot is one of the most delicious and versatile wine varieties out there. Awesome berry flavors, super smooth with a “liquid” cashmere like quality, and pairing great with most foods. What is there not to love about Merlot? Since Read More

Washington Merlot Harvest

2 years ago threadsandvino 0
  A lot of people hate on Merlot, but it’s really freaking good….  Specifically Own-Rooted Merlot from the Rattlesnakes Hills in Yakima Valley. About the Soil: The surface layers of vineyard soils are based primarily in loess, which is mostly wind-deposited silt and fine sand derived from the sediments of the ‘Missoula’ ice age floods. Read More

#CrushedIt

3 years ago threadsandvino 9
          More information on my Chilean Wine to come…  Read More

Bring on the Bordeaux! – A Home Wine Making Experience (5)

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) On 11/12 we introduced our wine to 54.4 grams of opti malo and 3.5 grams of vp41. We did this because we wanted our wine to go through malolactic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is when the natural malic acid in wine is converted into lactic acid. Converting the malic acid into lactic acid helps Read More

Bring on the Bordeaux! – A Home Wine Making Experience (3)

4 years ago threadsandvino 5
It’s all in the yeast We waited for our must to come up to a temperature of about 60 degrees and added our yeast starter, opti red, and tannin ft rouge. Below are our reasons for these additions. Yeast occurs naturally on the skins of all wine grapes. If they are left alone, these yeasts Read More

Bring on the Bordeaux! – A Home Wine Making Experience (2)

4 years ago threadsandvino 0
So before I start going into how my wine is doing, I wanted to outline some winemaking terms. Here’s a mini wine vocabulary lesson. Degrees Brix: Expresses the percentage of sugar by weight. This scale is on a Triple Scale Hydrometer. Measuring the Brix by using a hydrometer will help you determine the level of Read More