How To Make Wine

Fermentation Instructions – Fresh Juice

Making wine from fresh grape juice is relatively easy! There is no need to crush, de-stem or press the grapes, which saves time and eliminates the need for specialized equipment. Here are… [ read more ]

Common Winemaking Questions

We get all kinds of interesting questions from winemakers every year. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from beginners: Is my wine fermenting? Hydrometer readings are the best… [ read more ]

Fermentation Basics, Part 1

We often have customers ask about the basics. Here are a few to consider. Sanitation All sound winemaking begins with good sanitation practices. You cannot hope to make good wine unless you… [ read more ]

Fermentation Basics, Part 2: Basic Winemaking Equipment

by Dave Salaba Besides bottling our wine from last year’s vintage, the weeks leading up to each harvest is a great time to organize and make sure that we have everything that… [ read more ]

Fermentation Basics, Part 3: Questions We Regularly Receive

by Dave Salaba Fresh grapes…fresh juice…kits…is there really a difference in making wine from each? You bet there is! While each method will produce wine, there are significant differences. The most difficult… [ read more ]

Winemaking Classes

A little education can turn a casual hobby into a truly rewarding one. We offer a variety of entertaining and interactive classes to help enhance your winemaking experience. We set dates for… [ read more ]

Fall 2017 Grapes and Juice – Now taking pre-orders!

2017 FALL HARVEST now taking pre-orders! This year it is more important than ever to place orders in advance.  L’uva Bella California juices and select premium grapes from Paso Robles will be… [ read more ]

Winemaking Classes

A little education can turn a casual hobby into a truly rewarding one. We offer a variety of entertaining and interactive classes to help enhance your winemaking experience. We set dates for… [ read more ]

Beer- & Wine-Making Classes

Over the next two months we have several introductory brewing classes scheduled to help you get started in the hobby with confidence, and advanced classes if you’re looking to enhance your skills.… [ read more ]

Making Wine from Fresh Grape Juice

Equipment 1 bucket of juice 2 five-gallon glass carboys (fermenters) Carboy brush Carboy handle (optional but recommended) 1 gallon glass jug 1 Hydrometer (determines alcohol by density) 1 Bottle filler Siphon set-up… [ read more ]

Frequently Asked Questions

by Dave Salaba Do I have to sanitize my equipment, even the first time I use it? You do if you don’t want the effects of contamination to rear its dirty head.… [ read more ]

Sulfites Are Your Friends

by Dave Salaba Many of our customers hesitate to use sulfites in their wine because they have heard negative things. They’ve heard that sulfites in wine, particularly red wine, can cause headaches… [ read more ]

When Should I Bottle My Wine?

by Dave Salaba We often receive this question from our customers. Like many things in life, when you get into the subject, it’s not as simple as it sounds; it depends on… [ read more ]

Malolactic Fermentation

by Dave Salaba Malolactic (pronounced MAH-low-LACK-tick) fermentation has been a hot topic among winemakers, as well as in university circles, for decades. Literally hundreds of papers and several books have been written… [ read more ]

Wine and Oak

by Jason Harris Oak often contributes significant flavor to wine. Finding the right oak character for the wine variety can truly raise the complexity and flavor to the next level. Historically this… [ read more ]

Winexpert Products

by Jason Harris Tim Vandergrif, Winexpert’s technical quality control person, has provided a lot of great information about their wine kits, including the following tips: 1. Always make six gallons. The kits… [ read more ]