2017 First Grape Arrival

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    2017 grapes arrive Thursday September 14th 2017  – and the fun begins! Yes, it’s that time of year when the grapes start rolling in and the anticipation of  perhaps another memorable year awaits the winemakers. Our friends from …

Nanaimo Winemakers 2016 Competition

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Nanaimo Winemakers 2016 Varietal Competition After two years without a wine judging competition, we are finally bringing this event back, thanks to Doug Markin volunteering to serve as Chief Steward, and his desire to run a competition this spring. The …

Grapes

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Grapes and Supplies for 2016 One of the main purposes of the Nanaimo Winemakers is to assist members in getting the grapes and supplies they need to make top-quality wine.  In 2016 the club will again be sourcing grapes from the …

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Making Rosé Wine

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A rosé is a pink wine, somewhere in the color spectrum between a white wine and a red wine. Various other terms are used. A “blush” wine is a rosé at the whiter end of the pink spectrum. Terms like “white Zinfandel” or “white Merlot” also usually refer to a rosé wine. They are almost never truly “white.”

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Making Red Wine

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Making Red Wine Overview There are many ways to make red wine, including the most traditional of just stomping the grapes with your feet, letting everything ferment in open vats with whatever yeasts come with the grapes, and bottling the …

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Cold Stabilization

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Cold stabilization is a method of reducing the likelihood of bitartrate crystals (“wine diamonds”) forming in wine as it ages. This is particularly important for white wines.

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Clarifying White Juice

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If you are starting your white wine from fresh grapes (our Summerland Gewürztraminer, for example) rather than from a pail of juice from a winery, you need to know how to get “settled juice” and to time your “skin contact.”