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Winter at Cassidy Hill Vineyards

8 years ago threadsandvino 0
Winter time in the vineyard is very important. What happens at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the vintage to come. Cassidy Hill Vineyards in Coventry, CT was kind enough to send me some photos of what is going on in their vineyard this winter. As you can see there is a Read More

Winter in the Vineyard

8 years ago threadsandvino 0
Right now the vines are dormat and enjoying a little sleep. If you drive through the vineyard areas you will see different types of grass and flowers growing in between the rows. These plants are not randomly growing in the rows. They were planted there for a reason (and no it’s not just because they Read More

Bring on the Bordeaux! – A Home Wine Making Experience (6)

8 years ago threadsandvino 0
We Be Pressin….   And we are ready to go! first, we need to sanitize the press. We don’t want any gross microbes to get into our fabulous wine. Second, we shrink wrap the press to make sure the juice doesn’t squirt out at us. Third, we transfer the must into the press and let Read More

mulled wine ~ sip, savor, and share with friends

8 years ago threadsandvino 1
we hope everyone had a very happy thanksgiving. we have so much to be thankful for and it’s good to take a step back, reflect, and enjoy each others company. now that we are in the holiday spirit we have been experimenting with different winter wine recipes. one of them being mulled wine. below is Read More

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

8 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 (4)

8 years ago threadsandvino 0
So 11/6 was a sad day. When we went to punch down the wine, there was an off odor. To be specific it smelled like rotten eggs. This means my yeast is “stressed”. UGH!!! I’ll admit I panicked a little. Why does this happen?  Well there are multiple reasons. One is in the Vineyard. Sometimes Read More