Posted by admin on May 22, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Without a doubt, winemaking is a very old and established activity. It dates back from thousands of years ago and over the history of the practice, many great texts have been made summarizing the process and providing direction to generation after generation of winemaker. Today is no different as there are at this time quite a few great books about winemaking available on the market.
Red wine is a macerated wine that is made from the extraction of solids from grape clusters specifically from skins, seeds and possibly stems. It goes together with the alcoholic fermentation of the juice. In traditional red wine making, extraction of grape solids is by means of maceration, which happens during must fermentation.
The basic process for making red wine is pretty forthright. Here is an outline of red wine making:
- Fresh grapes are primarily crushed and detached from the stems.
- After that, the mixture of juice and solids, called “must”, is allowed to ferment with yeast, transforming the sugar coming from the fruit to alcohol and carbon dioxide. The color from grape skins is also extracted.
- As fermentation develops, the carbon dioxide that is being created shoves the grape skins to the top of the container molding a “cap” on top of the fermenting wine, which must be re-immersed regularly in order to continue extracting color and to avert the cap from spoiling.
- Once fermentation is accomplished, the wine is segregated from the grape solids in a wine press and put to one side for aging.
- Over about the next year the wine will be permitted to age and improve its flavors. Within that duration, you may opt to add oak, tannins or a variety of other types of additives to the wine to improve or alter its flavor.
- Also, the wine will be transferred to a fresh container periodically (known as racking) in order to split it up from the sediments that innately settle out of the wine during this time.
- Towards the end of the aging phase, you may opt to add a clarifying agent to enhance the wine’s manifestation. Elucidating a wine this way is known as fining and the additives utilized to do it are called fining agents. Then again, you may choose to filter your wine to clarify it.
- Finally, you’ll decide that the wine is ready to put into bottles. After a short period of recovery from the bottling process, your wine will be ready to drink.
Before we can even get to the mechanics of making wine, here are some steps required to prepare:
- Source your fruit-there are selection of resources available to home winemakers nationwide when it comes to sourcing fruit. These sources vary from the vineyard down to the road to a commercial broker of wine grapes. We encourage you to build a direct relationship with a grape grower as often to get you the best price on the fruit and the best chance of obtaining the fruit again in the succeeding seasons.
- Obtain your equipment together – if this is your first season making wine there is few variety of selections for you as far as obtaining equipment together. Rent major equipment like a grape crusher and wine press if these are available for rental in your area.
Once you have you bought your grapes, examine the fruit and remove any putrefied or molded clusters.
- Crush and de-stem- the goal here is to eradicate as many of the stems as possible—at least 90% of it and make certain that all of the berries have adequately split open to permit the yeast to get in and do their trick. It doesn’t necessarily have to be totally mashed, just cracked. This can be done with a mesh bag for little amounts while larger amounts can be done with a Crusher-Destemmer. Unwashed grapes are added straightly to the top hopper on these machines. The grapes are creased by the rollers and fall through the grate below into your fermenter. The stems that were separated are cast out of the unit by the “destemming bar.” The mixture of juice, skins, seeds and pulps are now called “must”. To perform fermentation, you add yeast to the must.
- Clean the slate - the secrets to a successful fermentation is eradicating any native wild yeast and bacteria from the must before adding your special winemaking yeast. Wild yeast and bacteria has the tendency to use up sugar from grape juice just as easily as your special yeast can. But it produces terrible flavors in the process. Furthermore, plenty of wild yeasts are less forbearing to high alcohol levels, and may halt fermenting before all of the sugars have been used up, making a “stuck” fermentation. If this occurs, left-over sugar could be used as a food supply for any putrefaction organisms present, and the wine will be weakened. Because of that, sulfite is added immediately after your crush to “clean the slate” of these unsolicited lodgers. Make sure to use amount that is enough only to kill or at least constrain spoilage organisms.
Testing the Must
Prior to adding the yeast, make sure to test the must to identify whether any additions or corrections are necessary. Getting a grape that innately owns the required balance of acids, sugars and PH to create a successful wine is rare. The quality of the wine is compromised when one or more of these components are out of their idyllic ranges.
Choose Your Yeast
There is wild yeast almost everywhere. They are in the vineyard, coming in on the fruit, covering winemaking equipment, moving in the air, technically everywhere you can think of. Few are strong enough to give off good flavors and complete fermentation. There are yeast particular to varietals, yeast for highlighting specific flavors, and yeast known for enhancing boy structure. You can utilize a single strain, or a couple of diverse strains to mix them later and make a more complex final wine.
Your fermentation should become effective anywhere from 1-3 days after introducing your yeast to the must. An essential factor in ascertaining how long it will take is the temperature of the must. Yeast’s rate of metabolism is unswervingly affected by temperature. Once the fermentation has started, the yeast will carry on to use the sugars up in the must, producing carbon dioxide (bubbles) and alcohol. It is during this time that the skins will be transported upwards by yeast-produced carbon dioxide.
At the end of fermentation the wine will have extracted everything it needs from the seeds and skins. It’s time to press once that is completed. Remember, it is best to press in a timely fashion because a protracted exposure to grape solids post-fermentation might lead to reactions that could generate off-flavors ruining the wine.
Clarifying and Bottling
After a year or so, the wine will have gathered and obtained adequate oak character to be considered finished. This indicates the end of the elevage or maturation period, and the start of the bottling process.
Posted by admin on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Nothing’s more sophisticated than having dinner with the best wine and most elegant tableware. If you’ve visited a five-star restaurant or hotel, you’ll notice that they have nothing but the best and most elegant tableware you’ve seen. I also have a couple of friends who are into the habit of collecting tableware pieces, but they are only used for important events.
It’s not really a surprise to see elegant tableware designs when you visit a restaurant or hotel. Tableware pieces like dishes, bowls, utensils, and accents are all brought into the kitchen and dining room. Even the chafers and containers for chafing fuel are designed in a way to match these trends.
If you’re looking for some elegant tableware designs or sets for your own version of fine dining at home, check out these beautiful tableware pieces.
1.) Asymmetrical tableware sets. One of the latest trends of tableware designs is the Asymmetrical tableware set. These are impressive and stylish in a very unusual way. The design brings uneven edges and unexpected shapes, and reflects the contemporary design trends for 2013. This set should bring contemporary taste into your kitchen or dining room.
2.) Stainless steel tableware sets. Personally one of my most favourite tableware sets. I vaguely remember my grandmother having a set like this. The concept of this set is simple yet it brings quite the punch when it comes to setting the tone for your dinner.
3.) Ceramic dishes and bowls. If you’re looking for a more traditional design, you’re better off with ceramics. For this year, ceramic bowls and dishes are considered as the most traditional trend. Some ceramic tableware pieces are also heat resistant, so they’re good for people who like to heat things in their oven. Like stainless steel, ceramic dishes and bowls are aesthetically simple and pleasing to look at. They’re also easy to clean because of their smooth surface.
4.) Antique style tableware.Ever wondered what it was like to dine in the Victorian era? Well, this tableware set should give you an idea on how fancy it was to dine back then. The tableware pieces contain intricate designs of flowers and other patterns on the dishes, cups and handles, and even in the utensils.
Fine dining need not be expensive, as long as you have a good set of tableware pieces. With a little bit of creativity and panache, you’ll be able to match the ambience of classy restaurants.
Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
There are quite a number of benefits to serving alcoholic drinks in your restaurant. The first and most obvious would be the fact that you will have more customers, which means better income for your business. During the past decade, restaurants have jumped into the bandwagon of including alcoholic drinks and mixes along with the standard wine selection included in their menu. Some even hire professional alcohol servers in this regard, which only proves how lucrative this side of the menu is to any restaurant. Serving this new breed of menu selection has redefined modern wining and dining experiences. No wonder why restaurants are demanding to hire professional people in this regard.
When you are thinking of serving alcoholic drinks in your restaurant, you might want to hire a licensed liquor server who can do that job for you. Licensed liquor servers are people who underwent proper training in order for them to serve alcohol responsibly and properly. They know the proper procedure on how to serve alcohol to your customers. For example, they know not to serve alcohol to minors, to those who are not in good condition as it may cause accidents, and they know the right amount of alcohol to serve your patrons.
A licensed alcohol server also knows how make your customers satisfied as they can also suggest a good wine to pair with their meal. Their formal training includes discussions about the basic concepts on how to choose the alcoholic drink that best suits a particular different type, texture and genre of food preparation. Servers are also trained to assess client alcohol intake, politely offering them water or assistance whenever necessary. They are also well trained in handling unpleasant occurrences that happen whenever clients have much to drink, following standard procedures as in keeping a record of the occurrences of refusal of alcohol drink from a customer in the manager’s log. Hence, hiring a well trained alcohol server will significantly improve how your restaurant bar would operate.
Thankfully, online professional alcohol server’s training is available online and anywhere around the world. RSA NSW online offers comprehensive courses for responsible service of alcohol. Business proprietors and restauranteurs may either have their staff attend and complete these courses or invite individuals who have recently completed the course and to join and complete their staff.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment
Are you one of those people who collect wines? Or those people who love to have a great pile of wine bottles? Many people in the world have many kinds of hobby and fad in life. They might be simple, others are unique and some are very weird to comprehend. But still, they are all just the same.
Wine collection is among the worthwhile hobbies any man can have, that’s because we all know that as the wine ages it develops a much more distinct taste, which appraises its market value. In old times, they use the barrel to stack and age wines for years, and sometimes for decades. But what about modern middle class people like us? We don’t have a vineyard or even a wine cellar to stack up all our wine bottle collection. And sometimes it creates a chaos between you and the other member of the household.
One way to stack up a wine bottle is by making a perfect wine holder. Haberdashery around the world offers many kinds of different designs and sizes in their stores that you can use as a pattern in creating your own wine holder. All you need to do is just go directly to their store, pick and purchase the best design you like and start building it. You can save money and enjoy the whole process of making it. Creating your very own vintage wine bottle holder is easy, it’s just a piece of a pie. You can also surf the internet for different kinds of pattern to choose from, as well as various designs, in this way, you can save more money. Many people have even posted some tips on how to create or make this type of project. All you need to have are some sewing materials, old and unused cloths and some great patterns. There are many websites that offer tutorial regarding this matter. They even come to your house for a personal demo and tutorial for your convinience.
In some stores, they offer or sell many patterns and give tips on how you can make your wine holders. You can have it hang over or even pin to your wall. There are many ideas you can find about how to create wine holder so use your resources and make your own.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
You’re finally popping the big question to your long-time sweetheart and you’re excited and jumpy at the same time.Who wouldn’t be? It’s going to be a big leap to the next chapter of your life and who knows what comes next. But you want to make your wedding proposal a sweet memorable one so you’re thinking of doing it over a good dinner with the best tasty wine and of course the engagement ring. And it’s not just going to be any kind of wine and any ring it’s going to be the best wine and it’s definitely going to be one of the many selections of opal rings.
With its exquisite and unique appearance, opal engagement rings are the alternative to the usual diamond, emerald, and gold band rings. With opal rings, you are not limited to the sparkle and shine as they can have every color in the visible spectrum. They’re basically multi-colored,as it produces that ‘rainbow’ glow that only opals have. But don’t fret if your betrothed is an ultimate lover of diamonds. You can still have the best of both worlds. There are ring designs that both incorporate opal gemstone and diamonds. It can be a very special and very beautiful 14K gold genuine opal engagement ring accented by two sparkling diamonds with the opal stone looking majestically pretty with a soft pink shade. It’s perfect for a very girly, feminine woman. There are also those come in a simple yet elegant design like a multi-colored opal stone mounted on a gorgeous white gold or surrounded by 12 round diamonds.
But don’t get too excited yet on your ring options. You’ll want to find the perfect wine to celebrate the moment assuming the answer’s going to be a big fat yes. Contrary to the belief of many, good wine is neither expensive nor old. So how do you choose? Here are some key points to remember when you’re out shopping for the perfect wine:
Appearance isn’t everything. The bottle looks highly presentable but surely that’s not going to be your basis. Check out the full package before you purchase no matter how enticing the front label can be.
Swirl and sniff. The two S’s are the basic rules to wine tasting. It’s not going to be easy for starters but you’ll eventually master the techniques of tasting.
Use your taste bud. Your tongue will finally be the judge whether you like the taste or not. Take a sip after swirling and sniffing and figure out how many different flavors you can pick up on.
Go for what you really like. See? Wine tasting isn’t so hard at all. Taste is subjective so the one you like is the best wine. But don’t limit yourself to buying the one same wine. Explore the world of wine and you might just catch another one that suits your taste.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments
Wines and electronic gadgets are both items which can be properly and orderly kept by holders designed not only to put them securely in place but also to add decorative value in our homes. It is no longer enough that these items are functional but that at the same time, they must be stylish. The web is the venue to find the perfect wine rack or holder for your home with major online shopping sites offering an extensive number of designs to choose from. For popular tech gadgets like iPhones and iPads, holdmyphone.com.au will be an excellent site to check out.
Here are some stylish and elegant samples that I found on the web. Take the time to check these out and learn new ways to showcase your valuable gadgets and wine collection.
First is this Scroll 12 Bottle Wine Rack made from sturdy and durable steel that will ensure long period of use as well as black shade finish to easily blend into most home décor and design. This is multi-tiered for effective storage and it has carry handles for easy transfer from room to room or to any counter.
Another is the Anchor Home Collection Bamboo Wine Rack with Espresso Finish defined by a design that combines both modern aesthetic and Asian influence. Made by Anchor Hocking, this bamboo wine rack with beautiful three curved shelves and bottom base, can hold up to 12 bottles of wine. It likewise features two tall supports with espresso finish. This rack is simply a stylish way to display those equally delightful bottles you have at home.
One more example is this Winsome Wood 24-Bottle Beechwood Wine Rack/Glass Holder, which provides compact and economical housing for both wines and stemware. Made of solid beechwood, this wine and glass holder has four rows high and six holders across with the glass-hanging rack above. You can check this out at Amazon.
There is no shortage of container products as well, when it comes to finding electronic gadget holders like iPad and iPhone stands on the web. Example is the minimalist designed Joule stand that can hold iPad in landscape or portrait mode. It comes in aluminum, or anodized silver or black. Another is a lap desk called “Plyboo” or bamboo and plywood. It is very lightweight but a very stylishiPad stand.
Posted by admin on Feb 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off
Wine tasting is always a great idea when hosting gatherings with friends and the outdoor swimming pool area will be a perfect venue to hold it. This will be a relaxing and cool place to have meaningful and fun conversations while enjoying various types of wines and food. But first you need to prepare the pool area to make it fit for the occasion. You can simply or elaborately turn it into a rustic vineyard place depending on practicality and time. A friend of mine for instance hosted a similar party and have her pool area paved by rustically looking natural stones from Pioneer Pavers to make the whole thing authentic or true to the occasion.
Of course you can always have your own unique take on how to make your pool area perfect for wine tasting parties. Just make it cozy and relaxing for everybody as these gatherings are always great for unwinding and easing off stress. If you are looking for ideas on how to host a delightful wine tasting party by the pool, here are some helpful advices from party planners and event organizers that you can follow.
There are different types of wine tasting party themes and deciding which one will be your choice is among the initial considerations. For instance, vertical wine tasting is sampling a series of wines based on vintage years while horizontal wine tasting is focusing on a variety of wines made in a single year but by multiple producers. There is also the old world vs. new world wine tasting theme, which compares wine produced from the “Old World” such as France, Italy, Germany and “New World” North America, South Africa and Australia. You can also choose to have wine and cheese tasting, which tests various wine and cheese combinations to determine the palate influence of a particular cheese on a particular wine.
For a group of less than 8, six wines will be ideal. It should include for instance a prosecco, which isa fruity, sparkling wine, two whites, and three red wines. More than that, have two bottles of each wine. Make sure that each guest has his or her own champagne, white, and red glass wine glass.During the wine tasting proper, experts recommend as a rule of thumb to begin with the lightest whites to the heaviest reds. You should take about 5-minute intervals in between pours. If you are serving cheese with your wine here are some recommended combinations by experts: Sauvignon Blanc and Humboldt fog goat cheese, Chardonnay and Hudson Valley Camembert and Malbec and Piave.