Home Wine News Roundup
Articles about home winemaking from around the world.
Home Winemakers Classic 2006
Napa Register article and judging results here
Home winemakers meet, sip, and raise money: St. Helena Star
Over 300 Wine Lovers Compete at the 2nd Annual St. Supery Winery Blending Competition
L. Pierce Carson on Home Winemakers Classic 2005
"the best wine money can't buy"
Pennsylvania Culinary Institute offers course in home winemaking
UC Davis offers online Introduction to Winemaking for Distance Learners
Napa Envy: three decades after Napa popped the cork heard 'round the world, the Livermore valley remains an upstart.
Vendemmia 2005 earns $100,000 for local charities
It's never too early to ponder The Pomace Predicament
Weather fails to dampen crowds at Lake County wine festival
A look back at the 2004 Home Winemakers Classic
Lodi couple wins amateur winemaking competition
Amateur wine maker bottles up some awards
Winemakers garden may include grapes, flowers, vegetables, berries, fruit or...
Akron, OH Home Wine Competiton "one of the oldest"
Vinography: a wine blog
New Books on home winemakng
Winemaker for a day
Have an apple tree? Hard cider is making a comeback.
"...foreigners who are used to only grape wine have started liking banana wine very much..."
Homemade sparkling wine?
Does filtering improve home wine?
Estimated 750,000 home winemakers shape North American garagiste scene
Valley Girls interviewed by Payton Quigley on Wine Radio Network (streaming audio)
Contra Costa Wine Group celebrates 27th year
Dedication and great fruit pay off for winemakers of Classic 2004
Honors in the Columbus Day homemade wine competition
How do I adjust my wine's pH without changing the TA?
Sean Thackrey uses tips from ancient texts to craft unforgettable wines
Several Home Winemakers are profiled in this article on the New York State Home Wine Competition.
Center researching red wine grapes that will grow in Western Washington, suitable for home wine making & commercial products
Fat Cats and other Sacramento Home Winemakers
...each harvest at Buoncristiani, the cars are moved outside to make way for one of the smallest bonded wineries in California. (Wine Spectator)
Home Winemaker Buoncristiani brothers change the family hobby into a bonded winery producing highly-rated wines.
Wine and song - does yeast used to age sherry grow better with music loosely based on its own DNA?
8th Annual home wine competition and tasting this Sunday in Philadelphia
An age-old tradition lives on at award- winning amateur vintner Edward Avarista's home in Narragansett
Columbus, Ohio: Wine Grapes and Juice arrive early this year
Six First Place awards for home winemakers in Oregon State Fair
Portland home winemaker takes 12 ribbons
13th Indy International Wine Competition features 3,644 entries
North Dakota home winemakers compete in first state competition
San Francisco's Crushpad "community winery" aims to make winemaking accessible to the public, giving aspiring winemakers the space, equipment, ingredients and expert help needed to make premium, small-batch wines, all in one place.
Amateur winemakers wanted for county fair (Woodland)
9/11 honored with two Fire Station wines
Home Winemakers Ready to Pull Corks
How to keep fermenters cool during hot weather
San Luis Obispo: Cal Poly Wine Certificate attract both those in industry and home winemakers.
There is also a line of dessert wines... named Desire, Romance and Embrace,
sold as a set called Ménage à Trois. (OK, not home wine but in the right spirit :-)
Online integrated vineyard management advice for Michigan wine grape growers
Illinois credits home winemakers with growth of state wine industry
Preventing Cork Leakage
Garage Winemakers of Santa Barbara County
The Making of California Wine ...a serial saga in 39 parts
April Viticulture Workshops (Illinois)
Making Sulfite-Free Wine?
Food and Wine Magazine explores the connection between the best amateurs and the top pros in winemaking.
Bentley Cellars Olallieberry awarded "Grand Champion Wine" (of 1,499 entries) at 2003 WineMaker International.
Illinois Amateur Wine Competition, April 8-9
The Contra Costa Wine Group and home winemaking nation-wide is the focus of this excellent article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
To filter or not to filter? Winemaker Magazine lists the pros and cons.
Chardonnay meets four different yeasts on three different continents...
Preparing corks prior to bottling (Winemaker Magazine).
How to measure specific gravity in fermenting must.
Managing Tartrate Precipitation
Buying and Applying Bottle Wax
Cider Day, the largest and possibly only national celebration of artisanal ciders ... complex blends and varietals made in the styles of northwestern France, western England and Colonial America.
Two amateur winemakers in Canada have started the first company to manufacture wine barrels from rare Canadian oak
University of California at Davis is experimentally growing a number of varieties of grapes grown in Italy during the Roman Empire from seeds recovered from archeological excavations of old wine presses.
Five basic techniques every home winemaker should master: sanitation, chaptalization, adjusting acid (and pH), sulfite calculating, fining.
More news articles on home winemaking:
There are now roughly 3,000 commercial vineyards in the United States, and wineries in all 50 states, even Alaska. Welcome to Napa Nation (New York Times, free registration required.)
Ice cider: Unique Quebec taste a hot seller
Grape Escape: "It starts in a small way. A friendly neighbour invites you to sample a glass of homemade wine."
Vanishing Vineyards: "This is California's original wine country -- and it's going fast."
Wine Spectator School Launches California Cabernet Course...the first in a series of short courses focused on specific regions.
28th annual Wine and Bier Contest, Schleswig, Iowa will feature potato wine, elder flower wine, German-style rhubarb, red currant and jalapeno pepper, among others.
Grapevine Winery in Texas is first microwinery in southwest producing customized product
University of Florida...crossing grapes with silkworms and jellyfish, cherry-picking the evolutionary advantages of each organism to create Vitus vinifera resistant to Pierce's disease
Joseph Mercurio Produce Corp... the lone central Ohio purveyor of wine grapes and juice from California...
"Oregon Viticulture" just published by the Oregon State University Press
is aimed at commercial wine grape growers, students, researchers and serious home viticulturalists...
Promising New Napa Winemaker Takes on Six Cabernet Clients (Wine Spectator)
Carrying on his grandfather's tradition, 31 of Schiratti's friends, neighbors and new acquaintances in Tennesse got together to make wine for the eighth year in a row.
Viticulture and enology added as full-time courses of study at Washington State University.
Tips on solving stuck fermentation
"Ripe and easy . . . presented in a balanced package of wonderful seduction."
Swimsuit competition? No, Rosen on "Juding beauty of wines."
Home winemaker in Poland working to begin commercial production, not seen since Benedictine and Cistercien monks produced wine in Zielona Gora during 11th century.
Exceptional grape harvest leads Illinois winemakers to expect a superlative vintage
Home winemakers in Massachusetts mix local and California grapes...
Two by two they step up to the stage. One member of the team prepares to jump into a barrel; the other is willing to bury his or her arms in a tub of purple mush... At stake are bragging rights for an entire year. Yes, it's time for the annual Calaveras Grape Stomp.
California wine grapes available for delivery in New Bedford, Connecticut.
'It's Your Winery' New home winemaking supplier opens in Fairlawn, Ohio (scroll down page).
Cold-climate backyard growers may wish to consider planting 'Rubiana,' a vigorous, productive, disease resistant, and winter hardy grape with better viticulture and wine-making characteristics than older red hybrid varieties.
Best Homemade Wine in New Jersey contest received 400 entries from
policemen, firemen, lawyers, doctors and a retired Superior Court judge, among others...
"Four hundred bottles, several judging panels and a lot of sniffing and sipping later, one thing is clear: There are a lot of homemade wine makers in New Jersey." More...
"Meet wine contest finalists " (New Jersey)
Winemaker Profile: Jorge Rodriquez
Winemaker Profiles: Rocco Gervassi
Winemaker Profile: Anthony Lorio
Winemaker Profile: Paul Sgro
Winemaker Profile: Scott Clarke
...New Jersey finalists are both detectives :-)
"The envelope please..." winners of the Gold Medallion of Excellence Award are...
Bottles filled with pride and tradition
List of contest winners
Southeast Missouri holds first home winemaking competition
"However, [the judge] didn't like the rhubarb wine. 'It was nothing like rhubarb,' he said..."
Wine Spectator magazine featured winemakers of the Home Winemakers Classic in the June 2003 issue.
"Grapes for Glory: Home Winemakers Put Passion Before Profit" It's a good read.
Home Winemakers Competition in Cleveland Ohio...deadline Sept.5th.
Fountain Of Youth? : Study: red wine molecule could extend human life by 30 percent.
"...many of the scientists involved in the research have already started drinking red wine."
"One of the best wine parties in the Napa Valley..." more from the Napa Register
"The first Home Winemakers Classic was born (in 1982), and it was a winner..." more from the Napa Register
"Up to this point, the event had been a well-kept secret by locals" ... more from the Napa Register