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Summer Refreshment Wines

Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

It is June, the temperatures are getting warmer and sometimes all I want to do is kick back and relax by the pool or at the beach. This time of year, I love a light fruity wine that will be refreshing through out the day and can even be served on ice. Winexpert and RJ Spagnols [...]

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Summer Refreshment Wines

Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

It is June, the temperatures are getting warmer and sometimes all I want to do is kick back and relax by the pool or at the beach. This time of year, I love a light fruity wine that will be refreshing through out the day and can even be served on ice. Winexpert and RJ Spagnols [...]

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Choosing the Right Wine

Date: Wed, May 20, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

It is a question we hear almost daily, “How do I decide which type of wine I should make?” or “How do I know which wine I will like?” Whether you are choosing to make your own wine, trying to make a selection in the liquor store, or ordering from a wine list in a [...]

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Italian Wine Biscuits

Date: Wed, May 6, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This month our recipe will feature Winexpert’s Selection Limited Edition Italian Dolcetto. If you aren’t familiar with Dolcetto it is a light, easy to drink red wine that is just perfect for the warm months ahead. Ingredients: 5 1/2 Cups of Flour 4 tsp. Baking Powder 1 Cup Oil 1 Cup Selection Limited Edition Italian Dolcetto (or a Dolcetto of [...]

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Denim Day Photo Shoot

Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Today, April 28th, is Denim Day. The purpose of the day is twofold: to increase awareness and knowledge about sexual violence in Warren County, NJ and to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center. In honor of this special day our home office Franchise Team went to a photo shoot at Dragon [...]

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Denim Day Photo Shoot

Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Today, April 28th, is Denim Day. The purpose of the day is twofold: to increase awareness and knowledge about sexual violence in Warren County, NJ and to raise funds for the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center. In honor of this special day our home office Franchise Team went to a photo shoot at Dragon [...]

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Letting The Gas Out

Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Today we are going to discuss one of the most important tools in winemaking and it is probably the most overlooked. Anyone who has made wine before knows that the process of fermentation produces two major things - alcohol and carbon dioxide. You probably know that much of the carbon dioxide fills the open space in [...]

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Building Your Own Wine Cellar

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

For those who are passionate about wine, there are few things in life as enticing as the thought of owning your own wine cellar. Whether you are an avid collector or new to the world of wine, having a safe place to store your collection can be a fun and fulfilling project that can add [...]

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The Thief That Always Gives Back

Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The wine thief is a wonderful tool that makes it easy to take a small sample of your wine while it is in the carboy. You can use this sample to test the specific gravity of your wine or even for tasting. While you slowly submerge the wine thief into the carboy the wine begins [...]

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The Bottle Filler Tip - A Tip You won’t forget

Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We discussed auto siphons and their usefulness in the winemaking process. For the home winemaker who doesn’t wish to invest in a bottling machine or fancy bottling equipment there is a small inexpensive tip you won’t want to miss out on - the bottle filler tip. The bottle filler tip is a small hard plastic tube [...]

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Auto Siphons - Moving the Wine

Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We have discussed many pieces of equipment that are “must haves” when making your own wine. Some may say that today’s topic  - the auto siphon isn’t necessary, but I argue that it makes things so much easier that making wine without it is just silly. Some home winemakers use only a racking cane and tubing [...]

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Hydrometers & Specific Gravity

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A hydrometer is a tool that every winemaker should own. It is a small graduated tube which usually has three (3) scales, Specific Gravity, Brix Scale, and Alcohol Potential on it. Hydrometers are also available containing a thermometer. If you are not planning on purchasing a separate thermometer, then I recommend that you purchase a [...]

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Bungs, Stoppers & Closures - Say What?

Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Regardless of what you call them bungs, stoppers or closures - you need them. They aren’t usually given any attention, but where would wine making be without them? For one thing, if you didn’t have one where would you put your airlock? Seriously, these items are important. They work in conjunction with air locks to [...]

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Better-Bottle PET Carboys - How Do They Compare?

Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2009 Winery Blogs Wine Business

We all agree that carboys are a vital part of your wine making equipment. First, it is important to answer the question, “What is a Better-Bottle® carboy and why is it different from what I see at the water cooler?” As the Better-Bottle® website tells us Better Bottle carboys are made of special polyethylene terephthalate [...]

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