Home Winemaking Time Again

It has been awhile since I’ve updated the blog with my winemaking activities. The reason for that is simple: During the warmer months, I can be found more often on lakes and rivers with a fly fishing rod in hand, than in the winemaking room. I know many winemakers that start their wines in the summer and autumn when the fruit is being harvested. This means they are taking advantage of whatever local produce is available to them for their wine.

Well, I prefer to have the bulk of my winemaking activities when I can’t fly fish. I do start the odd batch during warmer months, but I really try to take advantage of the time that I have to do as much fly fishing as I can. Where I live, it is almost impossible to do that in the winter.

I’ll be quite busy over the next few weeks as I help my girlfriend (seems odd to use that word when your in your 40’s) move across Canada, but I do have some plans for some wines to start and articles to write. Soooo keep an eye out here! I have a couple of kits that I have not started yet, and also a promise of donations of honey from a local apiarist for some meads that I have in mind.

3 Responses to Home Winemaking Time Again

  • Bert says:

    My first try at a cabernet was a disaster (I think I ended up with some cleaning solution/acid in my batch). Since that first attempt, I have found that it is both a science, and an art! My second batch was a success, and a good one if I don’t say so myself. I did find a website that helped a ton though (broke down and paid, but well worth it) at http://www.how-to-make-wine.com I am sure there are others too. Cheers!

  • Les says:

    Do you expect grape prices to be higher this year? I’m hearing about shortages driving prices up & I’m curious what others are hearing?

    • Ian says:

      Les, so sorry for the late response to your question. I personally don’t know as I have not been following it much this year. I have no idea what the crop expectations for Ontario have been like or expected to be. Some areas were hit with a weird spring… unusually warm temperatures in March followed by frost in April.

      I know one person in my town who has some vines, and their yield is zero. Blooms in March and then the April frosts killed them all. But not sure how that applies to the major wine areas here as they are further south than me, and the climate can be different.

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