Wine Tips and Advice

Wine can be interesting and complex. Here we provide interesting tips and advice for enjoying your wine.


  • Wine Aging

    One of the questions that gets asked very often is "How long can I age my wines?" This is a difficult question to answer given the number of variables that need to be taken into consideration.
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  • Storing Your Wine

    For a wine lover, a cellar is a necessity. Rarely are wines cellar or cantina part of the standard blueprint. So finding the appropriate place to store wine is an issue for almost everyone. A little ingenuity may be required. The principles behind storing wine are not complex, difficult to understand or necessarily difficult to achieve. And if you can't achieve them all, some of them are better than none.
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  • What About Adding Sulfites to Wine?

    We must add sulfites to your wine in order to protect it from spoilage-causing microbes and oxidation. It must be added, otherwise it will go bad. Wine kits are designed to have 35-50 ppm (parts per million) of Sulfite in the finished wine. This is low compared to commercial wines, which contain up to 70 ppm, or dried fruit like raisins, which can contain up to 250 ppm. This is part of the reason your wine will mature relatively quickly. I...
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  • Serving Temperatures

    More wine is ruined by being too warm than too cold. A wine that is served too cold is easily warmed, but a wine served too warm can be difficult to chill.
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  • Sweetening and Softening My Wine?

    Sweetening and softening a wine are two different topics. Most red wines and many white wines are considered "dry". Off-dry white wines typically include most German wines. That said, any wine kit can be sweetened to taste by the addition of a wine conditioner. These conditions typically include a liquid invert sugar and Potassium Sorbate (used to neutralize and kill of any yeast to prevent re-fermentation). Once a wine has been sweeten...
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  • To Oak or Not to Oak?

    Oak is what gives wines the "vanilla, or chocolate, or leather, or tar, etc..." tastes. The oak flavourings usually mellow out over time (sometimes months).
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  • What Else Is Added to My Wine Before Bottling?

    Additives are a necessary part of the winemaking process.  On the first day (initial fermentation), aside from the yeast, you will add Bentonite to your juice.  Bentonite is a fining agent. It helps to clear the sediment out of your wine, and it also works during primary fermentation to help your juice ferment. Bentonite is a type of clay composed of sodium and calcium. When used in winemaking, it is stirred into the wine to remove pr...
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  • Bottle Hygiene

    A clean bottle will ensure the quality and taste of your wine.
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