Basic Winemaking from Fresh Grapes

Limit 20 participants, must be 21 or over to participate

$75/person for 2-seminar series

Join us at Curds and Wine for a two-part seminar series introducing you to making wine from fresh grapes.  In these seminars, we will go through preparation for harvest, steps involved in making wine from fresh grapes, and finishing wine.  We will also demonstrate how to use equipment needed for winemaking.  The series of classes is $75/person for series of 2 classes, no refunds if any classes are missed.

Maximum 20 participants for these classes, you must be 21 or over to participate.  This course is a seminar series with live demonstrations, but we will not be making wine in this class; fresh grapes or frozen must can be purchased separately and made at home.

Outline:

Series of 2 classes:

Seminar #1: Preparation for harvest and fermentation, 1 - 4 pm
Choice of dates:  Friday 7/11/14. Saturday 7/12/14, Friday 7/18/14, or Saturday 7/19/14

  • Optimal brix and acid levels
  • Equipment and ingredients you will need
  • Primary fermentation schedule
  • When and How to press
  • Malolactic fermentation: initiating or preventing

 

Seminar #2: Finishing fermentations and pressing, 1 - 3 pm

Choice of dates:  Friday 7/25/14, Saturday 7/26/14, Friday 8/1/14, or Saturday 8/2/14

  • Fermentations finished, ready for aging
  • Managing sulfites
  • Carboys, steel tanks, kegs, and barrels
  • Oak : hands-on oak trials
  • Clarifying wine
  • Blending
  • Common wine flaws and their treatments
  • Bottling: bottles, corks, finishing

 

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