Tag Archive 'winemaking'

Nov 19 2009

Reporting our second “Make your own barrel” meeting

By Maggie Smith Our monthly make your own barrel meeting was last week. I hate calling them meetings since at your typical work meetings you don’t drink wine, dine at Province, and chat with amazing food and wine loving people. However there was some “work” to be done. We combined our Cabernet tasting with our […]

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Oct 15 2009

Just Grapes takes you from grape to barrel

By Maggie Smith This is the second year that Just Grapes has operated the “Make your own Barrel” program. What we do, as a group, is tour the entire wine making process, from grape to bottle. Whether you are the total wine geek that wants his or her wine customized to suit their palate, or […]

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Feb 05 2009

Oak is Not a Dirty Word

A whole lot of discussion goes on at wine tastings about oak: how long one particular wine was aged in oak; did the ageing occur in new American oak barrels; or were they French barriques (standard casks which holds 225 litres, or 300 bottles)? But, what does it all mean?

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Oct 17 2008

Pomace – goat food?

This is the pomace from red wine fermentation that is made up of the skins, seeds, stems of red wine.  once the juice has been pressed away from these solids, the pomace is sold off to goats farm as feed.

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Oct 16 2008

Pressing Off Grapes

This is some grapes that have gone through their primary fermentation and are being dropped in the bladder press to remove some additional juice.  This “pressed” juice will be handled separately and will generally provide structure and backbone to the final blend.

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Oct 10 2008

Hand Punch Down – 2008 Barrel Project

Bengi shows us how to do a hand punchdown on some fermenting Zinfandel.  The process of hand punchdowns allow for the gentle extraction of color, flavor, tannin and intensity.  The caps you must punch through are very thick and require some serious elbow grease.

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Oct 10 2008

Hand Punch Down By Darren

Darren shows us how to hand punch down some Zinfandel.

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Oct 10 2008

More Hand Punch Down

Maggie demonstrates how to hand punch down to extract color, flavor, tannin and intensity.

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Oct 09 2008

Red Wine Fermentation – Caps

The Just Grapes Barrel Project crew learn about red wine fermentation and their thick caps made up of skins, seeds, stems and other solids.  The caps is where red wine gets it’s color, flavor and extraction.

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Oct 08 2008

Ripeness of Grapes, Seeds and Stems

Stuart Ake of Crushpad discussing with the Just Grapes Barrel Project 2008 Crew the the importance of ripeness of seeds and stems in addition to the grapes. Seeds and stems provide tannin.  Stuart demonstrates the difference in look and size of grapes like Pinot Noir, Merlot and more.

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